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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

Reviewed:
The Jewish Museum
Perhaps the best way to appreciate one of the Jewish Museum’s current exhibits, Crossing Borders: Manuscripts from the Bodleian Libraries, is to learn a little bit more about why—apart from being, at nearly a thousand years old, inconceivably ancient and on display for our 21st century eyes to see—the books in the show are so remarkable.
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Studio Museum in Harlem
Last Friday evening, the Studio Museum in Harlem opened its doors to the Columbia community for an Arts Initiative-hosted Columbia Night. The event focused on its current exhibitions Fore which featured artwork from two Columbia SOA graduates and was co-curated by a recent GSAS alum.
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International Center of Photography
Seeking a worthwhile procrastination trip for your free hours during reading week?
A favourite Stephen Sondheim lyric of mine: “There ought to be clowns; send in the clowns.” Daniele Finzi Pasca would approve.
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
I went to a garage sale today. At the Museum of Modern Art.
Entering the shadows of Le Poisson Rouge, a “multimedia art cabaret” on Bleecker Street, is a bit like being swallowed into the sultry depths of a red-tinted cave. The atmosphere hums with the dampness of drink and low voices as the close-packed crowd waits for the performers to take the stage.
Monica Moore has helped produce New York City’s iconic New Year’s Eve in Times Square for the past nine years and discussed her career to date with an audience of students and staff on Friday over pizza.
As I walked into the second floor gallery of the Museum of Arts and Design, currently showing a survey of the artist Daniel Brush, the first piece which caught my eye was a sculpture composed of a cascade of delicate gold butterflies spilling over a piece of steel.
While the undergraduate community at Columbia may be familiar with the polished performances of the Columbia Ballet Collaborative, the group also contributes to the surrounding community in less visible ways to students.
The election day weekend is here, and with it—as undergraduates will hardly need reminding—Columbia’s fall break. If you’re looking for an art fix this fall break and hanging around campus, Schermerhorn’s own Wallach Gallery is exhibiting the spectacular landscapes of Robert S. Duncanson, a black antebellum artist.

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