Photo Credit: Tim Lee

How has the move to Manhattanville connected community artists and the public?

For most of its 30 years, the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery has been a well-kept secret—a highly respected gallery space tucked away on the eighth floor of a building on Columbia’s Morningside campus. Now it has moved to a highly visible location in the new Lenfest Center for the Arts, located just north of West 125th Street.

Here on Columbia’s new Manhattanville campus, the Wallach Gallery is more accessible than ever to the community, for artists and audience members alike. The new campus has been designed for maximum openness, with many opportunities for local residents to walk, visit, and learn.

Director and chief curator Deborah Cullen has emphasized the Gallery's commitment to the community with a triennial showcase of artists who live or work north of 99th street. A critical success, the first Uptown exhibit featured works by 25 artists like Sanford Biggers, Duhirwe Rushemeza, and Elaine Reichek. 

Cullen is keeping the focus local with the recently-opened Living in America: Frank Lloyd Wright, Harlem and Modern Housing. Examining the racially-charged history of urban planning and public housing, the show explores what it means to live together. Future shows include Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet to Matisse and Beyond and Arthur Mitchell: Harlem’s Ballet Maverick. Learn more.


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