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The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution
When we think of modern art, we often think of the works of Picasso or Mondrian. We think of the artworks from trips to MoMA that sometimes leave us saying, “I don’t really get it.” But perhaps it’s the copious amount of art that reaches “outside the box” that we find encountering such works to be normal.
Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital
            Columbus Circle has many interesting and beautiful places to visit, including its famous sculpture and fountain, the south end of Central Park, the big and fancy Shops at Columbus Circle, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. I had no idea that Columbus Circle was also home to an incredibly unique and thought-provoking museum, the Museum of Arts and Design (also known as the MAD museum).
Multiple Occupancy: Eleanor Antin's "Selves"
Multiple Faces, Multiple Identities By Nancy Chen, CC ' 16
Brooklyn Historical Society
            Like many of us in the Columbia community, New York is not where I think of as home. Though I love living, working and studying here, I still feel stronger ties to my former small-town homes in New Jersey and New Hampshire.
El Museo’s Bienal 2013: HERE IS WHERE WE JUMP
Alec Duffy: Our Planet
I had the opportunity to sit down for a conversation with Alec Duffy, founder of the Obie award-winning company Hoi Polloi and current director of the English language world premiere of Yukio Shiba’s Our Planet.
Two Boys
             You are reading this blog post on the Internet. With a few clicks of my mouse, my words have been posted online, where they can be read by whoever comes to this page. Of course, this is nothing new to any of us. The Internet has become an expected, natural, real part of our lives; we take it very much for granted.
Japan Society
         Sometimes I feel like every year is a rebirth for me. I’ve only been living in New York City for a little over a month, and yet I’m already so accustomed to my jam-packed routine here that it is easy to forget that, just a few months ago, I was living a very different life in a small town in New Hampshire.
CMJ 2013
I’m not much of a music buff. I’m the kind of music listener who finds a few songs I really like and listens the living daylights out of them until I find new material while stalking my friends’ Spotify playlists. But when I received the opportunity to go to CMJ Music Marathon, a music festival that happens around New York City, I took it despite not knowing 99% of the artists on the line-up.
Vector Composition No. 1 by Vargas-Suarez Universal
Artist Vargas-Suarez Universal talks with The Arts Initiative about his site-specific wall drawing Vector Composition No. 1. Commissioned by Miller Theater at Columbia University in collaboration with The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, it marks the first collaborative project between Columbia's two major artistic presenting spaces.  


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