September 17, 2020

Repair: Fall 2020 Public Programs and Engagement

Columbia University School of the Arts

Cynthia Director, quilt (detail), 2020. Kantha (fabric with running stitches). Commissioned by Columbia University School of the Arts.


Traversing media and disciplines, the fall 2020 season of public programs and engagement at Columbia University School of the Arts will focus on the concept of Repair.

Conversations, films, theatrical presentations, events, and podcasts will explore creative practices that engage social and political initiatives committed to reimagining and transforming frayed relationships between humans, other species, the planet, and ourselves. More.

In October, Carol Becker and David Henry Hwang will lead the third annual Columbia University School of the Arts International Play Reading Festival. More.

This marquee, month-long festival will be presented as podcasts. It will feature panel discussions and readings of three plays by international playwrights. These include:

–Rarámuri Dreams, by Camila Villegas (Mexico): “A kidnapping. A murder. Two parents seek justice and redemption—if only the system worked that way.”
–Taxi Radio by Nophand (Thailand): “On a stormy night in Bangkok, four beings are stuck in traffic. Your phone can’t help you out of these dead ends.”
–May 35th, by Candace Chong Mui Ngam (Hong Kong): “Sui Lum and Ah Dai grapple with a date so volatile that the government won’t let them say it aloud.”

To conclude the festival, Susan Bernofsky, Daniel Jáquez, and Nopand will explore translation for the stage, and David Henry Hwang will interview the playwrights.

Also featured in October:

Farah Jasmine Griffin will lead a discussion about the history, form, and process behind the creation of the powerful new Memorial to Enslaved Laborers on the campus of the University of Virginia. With Gregg Bleam, E. Franklin Dukes, Eric Höweler, Eto Otitigbe, Diane Brown Townes, Mabel O. Wilson, and J. Meejin Yoon. More.

Artists Sam Van Aken and Jorge Otero-Pailos will interrogate experimental approaches to historic preservation alongside their current projects: Open Orchard on Governors Island in New York Harbor, and Watershed Moment at the Lyndhurst estate in Tarrytown, New York. More.

In November, Amalia Cordova, Marie-Hélène Cousineau, Cass Gardiner, and Lucy Tulugarjuk will screen Restless River. The film follows Elsa, a young Inuk woman, as she navigates motherhood after being assaulted by a soldier in post-WWII Canada. More.

Visit the School of the Arts website for the full season of events.

Columbia University School of the Arts recognizes that Manhattan is part of the ancestral and traditional homeland of the Lenni Lenape and Wappinger people. The School also acknowledges that we are part of an institution whose spaces are funded, governed by, and named for families who derived their wealth from the transatlantic slave trade and plantation slavery. By acknowledging the legacies of violence, displacement, migration, and settlement that have enabled us to gather here today, we are taking a small first step toward the long and overdue process of healing and repair.

The School of the Arts will continue to confront and address issues of exclusion, erasure, and systemic discrimination in our community through ongoing education and responsible representation. As a School, it is essential that we foster a truly creative environment where all are seen, heard, represented, and understood, so that our artists can focus their energy on doing what they are called to do: to hold a mirror up to society to interpret the world as they see it, while helping humanity envision a better future.

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