Arts & Humanities

An Updated Lab Puts a New Face on Old Buildings

Historic Preservation Professor Jorge Otero-Pailos discusses how emerging technology helps architectural restoration.

A birds-eye view of a slice of Manhattan buildings, the Hudson River and a slive of New Jersey.
Photo of Columbia Morningside Campus, Morningside Heights & Hudson River by Eileen Barroso
It's the Year of Water

Join Columbia University as it embarks on two semesters of art, lectures, concerts and research focused on Earth's most precious resource.

Four people standing among blue waves of light.
WATERLICHT, a site-wide, large-scale light installation, will be a centerpiece of Columbia's Year of Water.
Daan Roosegaarde's WATERLICHT Comes to Columbia

This three-night art installation, which includes a discussion with the artist, is part of the University’s Year of Water.


A group of men wearing old-fashioned uniforms and playing football in front of a classical building with steps.
1921 football game on South Field, Columbia vs. NYU.
Roar, Lion, Roar: A Celebration of Columbia Football

This Rare Book & Manuscript Library exhibition traces the arc of Columbia’s football program from its inception in 1870 to the present day. Now through December 20.

A queen of spades playing card showing an image of a queen.
Karata Playing Card, Kenya: Colour Print Ltd, circa 1970-1985
Mirror of Humanity: Seeing Ourselves in Playing Cards

An exhibition at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library that focuses on playing cards made in Europe and the United States from the 16th to the 21st centuries. Now through January 31, 2020.

An abstract artwork of grays, blues and blacks.
Torkwase Dyson, Hot Cold (1919: Black Water), 2019. Photo by Dan McMahon.
1919: Black Water

A solo exhibition of paintings and sculpture by artist Torkwase Dyson at the Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery examines a period of heightened racial violence across the U.S. Now through December 14.


Conversations With Architects

More Arts News

September 27, 2019

A New Banner for Butler

Based on an artifact in the Libraries’ collections and a historic campus event, the inside-outside exhibition aims to foster conversations about representation at universities. 


Book cover of Rosetsu: Ferocious Brush, featuring a grayscale drawing of a dragon
Rosetsu: Ferocious Brush

By Matthew McKelway and Khanh Trinh

Book cover for The Recovering, featuring the words "The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath" viewed through an alcohol tumbler
The Recovering

By Leslie Jamison

Book cover of Grasping Shadows, featuring a grayscale image of the silhouette of a man casting a shadow on a sidewalk
Grasping Shadows

By William Chapman Sharpe