February 10, 2015

Ralph Lemon: “Ceremonies Out of the Air”

Columbia University School of the Arts
© Ralph Lemon.

Mellon Visiting Artist Ralph Lemon gives a presentation on his new and old work about the South. Lemon’s long-standing exploration of the American South in his publications, performances and exhibitions uncovers the complexity of geography, history, memory and the body. Followed by a discussion with Columbia English and Comparative Literature faculty Saidiya Hartman.

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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.

Forthcoming Mellon Visiting Artists are Hilton Als and Joan Jonas. Click here for more information about the Mellon Visiting Artists & Thinkers program.


About Ralph Lemon
Ralph Lemon is a choreographer, writer and visual artist, and is the Artistic Director of Cross Performance. Lemon has participated in solo and group exhibitions at many institutions including Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; the Hayward Gallery, London; The Kitchen, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, North Carolina; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, among others. His honors include the Alpert Award in the Arts (1999), a Creative Capital Award (2000), the USA Fellowship (2006), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2009), the American Choreographers Award and the Doris Duke Artist Award (2012).

Recent works include How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere? (2010), a dance performance that premiered at BAM; Four Walls (2012), a live dance and film that premiered at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in Troy; Some sweet day, a curated performance series at the Museum of Modern Art; and 1865 Cessna Road, an exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Lemon’s Come home Charley Patton, the final book in The Geography Trilogy, was published by Wesleyan University Press in 2013.


About Columbia University School of the Arts
Columbia University School of the Arts offers MFA degrees in Film, Theatre, Visual Arts and Writing, an MA degree in Film Studies, a joint JD/MFA degree in Theatre Management & Producing, and an interdepartmental program in Sound Arts. The School is a thriving, diverse community of artists from around the world with talent, vision, and commitment. The faculty is comprised of acclaimed and internationally renowned artists, film and theatre directors, writers of poetry, fiction and nonfiction, playwrights, producers, critics and scholars.

Through the School’s Public Programs, we offer a lively forum for the exchange of ideas among practitioners, students, scholars and the public. Upcoming events include a conversation with Bill T. Jones, MFA Visual Arts exhibitions, and a writing lecture with Chang-rae Lee. These events are free and open to all. Complete program here.



Ralph Lemon public talk at Columbia University School of the Arts

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