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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.
“There’s lots and lots of very talented student bands going on,” Paul Nungesser, CC ’15, said of the Columbia music scene as we chatted about his upcoming collaboration with Jeffers Win, a student band also made up primarily of CC ’15-ers. “But what always kind of stood out with me,” he continued, “was not just the individual talent that’s present in the band, but that they’ve definitely got a vibe going.”
If the thought of forty minutes on the 2|3 spells the end of any plan to leave this insular island of the Manhattoes, you’re in good company. But take an afternoon this Saturday or Sunday and run, don’t walk, to the Brooklyn Museum.
Asia Society
The East side is a little bit like another world – at 7:45 p.m. at 70th and Park Ave on a Saturday, it was silent but for little puffs of breath from the occasional hand-holding couple. The austerity of the evening seemed appropriate as I approached Asia Society, an elegant, gray building with ornate window exhibits and a warm, yellow glow beckoning from within.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
On Friday nights, the Met is open till nine. The iconic steps are softly lit by exterior lighting along with the fountains splashing away, giving the museum an entirely different feel from during the day when it’s overwhelmed with crowds of people. The Observant Eye is a series that runs every two weeks where a seminar-size group of students, graduates, and adults gather to focus on one gallery in the Met.


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