Arts & Humanities

This page features Columbia faculty and research related to the arts and humanities, and highlights cultural events happening at Columbia's four campuses. 

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'American Diva' Celebrates Iconic, Charismatic Performers

Deborah Paredez’s book—part criticism, part memoir—explores leaders of feminism and freedom.

Bombardment of Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor, April 12–13, 1861. (Currier & Ives / Library of Congress)
Bombardment of Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor, April 12–13, 1861. (Currier & Ives / Library of Congress)
How Exactly Did the American Civil War Start?

In The Demon of Unrest, Erik Larson (’78 JRN) painstakingly reconstructs an unfortunate series of events.

Craig T. Fruchtman / Getty Images
Craig T. Fruchtman / Getty Images
Tightrope Walker Philippe Petit Tackles the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (Again)

More than 40 years after his first trip above Amsterdam Avenue, the high-wire artist returns with an added challenge.

Chris Baio, Ezra Koenig, and Chris Tomson. (Michael Schmelling)
Chris Baio, Ezra Koenig, and Chris Tomson. (Michael Schmelling)
Vampire Weekend Still Haunts Columbia

The band's new release, Only God Was Above Us, reveals that the musicians continue to be inspired by New York, and by nostalgia for jam sessions in college dorms.

Exhibitions

kabbalistic imagery banner Jewish Theological Seminary
Seeing the Unseeable: Kabbalistic Imagery from The Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary

This exhibition in the JTS Library explores the visual worlds of the Kabbalah, a school of thought in Jewish mysticism, through theoretical treatises, diagrammatic scrolls, devotional plaques, amulets, and other objects.

 

end of year show illustration for Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
GSAPP's 2024 End-of-Year Show

This year's version of the annual exhibition at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation is completely digital.

Joan Jonas, It Blew Right in My Ear Like the Wind, 2014. Bamboo, paper, string, and food coloring; courtesy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery.
Joan Jonas, It Blew Right in My Ear Like the Wind, 2014. Bamboo, paper, string, and food coloring; courtesy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery.
Growing Sideways: Performing Childhood

This exhibition at the Wallach Gallery explores how artists have turned to and repurposed aspects of childhood to counter inherited belief systems, identities, and cultural memories in the public sphere.

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