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Moved to Student Perspectives!

The blog has moved to “Student Perspectives” on the Arts Initiative website, read new posts here!

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MoMA’s Cool Little Sister: MoMA PS1

MoMA PS 1, housed in an old school building, is like the MoMA’s cool little sister with a focus on the cutting edge in contemporary art. Located in Long Island City, MoMA PS 1 is just a few subway stops … Continue reading

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Henri Labrouste: “Structure Brought to Light”

As students, one of our central architectural experiences is the library. Butler is a prime symbol of the classical education, with the great writers of Western civilizations carved upon its entablature and the large hall of 209 with neat rows … Continue reading

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Staging the Thyestes

The Barnard-Columbia Ancient Drama Group’s production of Seneca’s Thyestes runs April 4 – 6 in Minor Lathan Theatre, Milbank Hall. Performances are at 8 PM every night at 2 PM on Saturday. Tickets are $5 at the door, the TIC, … Continue reading

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Hearing Red: Anne Carson at the NYPL

For years, if not for the right reasons, friends have recommended that I read Anne Carson’s Autobiography of Red. The verse novel retells Stesichorus’ now-fragmentary Geryoneis, in which Herakles steals a herd of cattle and kills their red herdsman Geryon; … Continue reading

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Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers

In the age when 3D printers and other sorts of fabrication methods are on our minds, the concept of a prefab apartment is not so farfetched in our mass consumer society. This is just one of the design concepts presented … Continue reading

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Interview with Violinist Erika Mitsui

As the two-year anniversary of the disaster approaches,  Japan Society presents “Nocturne: Reemergence through Music,” a concert exploring the impact and aftermath of the tsunami.  Arts Initiative student staffer Caroline Chen CC’15 sat down with Erika Mitsui, a sophomore in the Columbia-Juilliard … Continue reading

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The Past’s Future at MCNY

I didn’t grow up in New York, or even in the United States. So before Wednesday afternoon my sole point of reference for the world’s fairs of the thirties was Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, in … Continue reading

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Masters Hone their Craft at Columbia’s Own Miller Theatre

Just beside the gates at 116th Street and Broadway, right here on Columbia’s campus, is one of New York City’s most highly regarded, award-winning music venues. Maybe you’ve visited with your Music Hum class; supported your friends in the CU … Continue reading

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The Art of Scent at MAD

I smelled an exhibit today. Yes, that’s right, “smelled.” Let me elaborate. In the realm of the arts we rely on our sense of sight to perceive visual works, our sense of touch to feel textures, our sense of hearing to … Continue reading

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