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October 24, 2016

Rebecca Solnit: “City of Women”

Columbia University School of the Arts
Courtesy Jude Mooney.

Introduction by Timothy Donnelly, Columbia University School of the Arts
Response by Mabel O. Wilson, Columbia GSAPP

Columbia University School of the Arts welcomes Mellon Visiting Artist & Thinker Rebecca Solnit, in conversation with designer and cultural historian Mabel O. Wilson about “City of Women,” a map from the book Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas that reimagines the New York City Subway system. Topics include gender, place names and urban space.

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The Mellon Visiting Artists & Thinkers Program brings leading creative practitioners and theorists to the School of the Arts to engage with students, the Columbia University community, and the public. With the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this program creates opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to work with world-class artists and thinkers, while stimulating dialogue about the contribution of the arts to intellectual life and society at large.

Under the leadership of Dean Carol Becker, Columbia University School of the Arts recognizes that the art world is in the vanguard of cross-disciplinary work. While the value of field-specific knowledge and mastery cannot be denied, practitioners in the arts increasingly require the skills and the space to collaborate, improvise, and experiment across disciplines. Creating space for a deeper engagement among art practitioners and theorists based at Columbia’s School of the Arts will not only directly connect a new generation of artists to ideas useful to them in their practice, but will also provide students and scholars across the university with access to new modes of understanding generated by artists. At the same time, this project will illuminate the increasingly significant points of intersection between all disciplines that now mark the uniqueness of 21st century thought.

This event is produced with additional support of The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund.

San Francisco writer, historian, and activist Rebecca Solnit is the author of 17 books about geography, community, art, politics, hope, and feminism, including Men Explain Things To Me; The Faraway Nearby; A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster; Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics; A Field Guide to Getting Lost; Wanderlust: A History of Walking; and the atlases of San Francisco, New Orleans and New York City: Infinite City, Unfathomable City and Nonstop Metropolis.

 

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Rebecca Solnit in conversation at Columbia University School of the Arts

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