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Find informative student essays about arts and cultural events, institutions, and internships. Read what your fellow students have to say about the arts, or add your voice.

Let your creative voice out, and join our writing team! We encourage submissions about current museum exhibitions, dance and theater performances, or talks and lectures. For more information on contributing a review, email Rebecca Popp, Associate Director for Program Administration, at: rp2077@columbia.edu

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Marsden Hartley's Maine
Currently on view at the Met Breuer, Marsden Hartley’s Maine explores the paintings and drawings of the artist’s home state of Maine. Throughout his prolific career during the first half of the 20th century, Hartley was known for being part of Alfred Stieglitz’s modernist circle in New York City, as well as actively engaging with the European avant-garde.
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Beatriz Santiago Muñoz: A Universe of Fragile Mirrors
I visited El Museo del Barrio on an overcast Friday morning with the single purpose of experiencing Beatriz Santiago Muñoz’s work. In A Universe of Fragile Mirrors, her first exhibition in a U.S. museum, I saw an extraordinary display of film and storytelling.
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Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker: Work/Travail/Arbeid
From March 29 through April 2, the murmuring sounds in MoMA’s tall atrium made way for the sounds of Gérard Grisey’s Vortex Temporum (1996). While dancers translated Grisey’s score, inscribing the atrium with traces of its sonic structure, visitors permeated the performance as they sat, stood and moved throughout the gallery.
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The Cloisters
There are some museums that are housed in amazing buildings and there are others that house amazing works of art. What a pleasure to immerse yourself in a space that offers both like the Met Cloisters. Located on the northern tip of Manhattan, your MetroCard will get you there in just a few minutes but while you’re there you feel miles away from the city.
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New York at its Core
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from New York at its Core, the Museum of the City of New York’s new landmark permanent exhibit. Was it just going to be a bunch of artifacts? What was I going to see and learn?
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Japan Society
Walking into the Japan Society is like stepping into poetry. The austere exterior is monochromatic, unadorned with frills, somehow imposing without being intimidating. It’s solid. As you enter the black tiled inner courtyard, you are greeted by the contemplative sounds of running water trickling over rocks. Climbing the stairs to reach the gallery level, you rise through a small stand of bamboo.
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Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s blockbuster show of the fall season, Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven provides visitors with an even-handed glance into the opulence and culture of medieval Jerusalem as an ancient holy city and pilgrimage destination, as well as a center of commerce and artistic production.
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Museum Meetup: Storm King Art Center
I felt a lot like Alice tumbling down the rabbit hole towards Wonderland; I imagined that long tumble could give anyone a little motion sickness. As the bus curved and winded its way towards Storm King Art Center,  feeling a little queasy, I  kept my eyes forward as we left the bustling of the city and were embraced by trees blooming with fall foliage.
This year, I attended several of the many performances a part of their concert series.

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