The Wallach Art Gallery Goes Virtual

You may not be able to visit Columbia's premier exhibition space now, but you can check out its programming online.

April 22, 2020

At a time when art is being viewed mostly on screens, the Wallach Gallery has pivoted by making all of its spring programming virtually accessible. Tune in to these exhibitions and talks:

A Bottomless Silence: Borrowing its name from the anthropologist Michel-Rolph Trouillot’s text, Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History, this exhibition features the work of contemporary artists Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Jumana Manna and Walid Raad to interrogate the ways in which we experience and build meaning around the past. 

A virtual talk about A Bottomless Silence will be held on Thursday, April 23 at 6:30 PM.

Reframing the Passport Photo: Presenting four artists whose work references the passport photo—Martina Bacigalupo, Tomoko Sawada, Stephanie Syjuco and Sheng Qi—this exhibition explores the premises that underlie modern identification practices, exposing the growing gaps between personal identity and state-sanctioned identification. The exhibition uses the passport as a lens through which to look at issues such as migration, nationalism, access, belonging and personhood. 

A virtual talk about Reframing the Passport Photo will be held on Thursday, April 30 at 6:30 PM. 

A Bottomless Silence and Reframing the Past were organized respectively by Rotana Shaker and Hannah Morse, 2020 MODA Curates Fellow and MA degree candidates in the Department of Art History and Archaeology.

Posing Modernity Virtual Walk-Through: Revisit or view for the first time, via a 3D virtual tour, the Wallach's recent groundbreaking exhibition, Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today. Comprising more than 100 works of art dating from the mid-19th century to the present day, the exhibition proposes that the changing representation of the black female figure was central to the development of modernism. The virtual tour was developed by, and is presented courtesy of, Harlem-based start-up Jido Maps.

Curator’s Talk on Posing Modernity is also available for streaming.

Public Lecture: Around 1962, from Algeria to the World by Todd Shepard, the Arthur O. Lovejoy Professor, Department of History, Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, Johns Hopkins University. The talk was originally presented as part of the Wallach's 2019 exhibition, Waiting for Omar Gatlato: Contemporary Art from Algeria and Its Diaspora.