Ahead of “I Am Queen Mary” sculpture unveiling, Barnard’s artist in residence highlights importance of conversation around colonialism
“Who are you if you don’t have a memory?” asked La Vaughn Belle, CC ’95, TC ’99.
Everyone remembers the chaos of their first few weeks at Columbia. For me, it mostly revolved around the grand piano that lived in the John Jay lounge. The piano was a prime source of bonding; it kindled conversations among musicians and non-musicians alike. Anyone was welcome around the piano, and everyone who sat down to play had a different story to tell through their music. During these first few weeks, the John Jay lounge saw countless jazz jam sessions, impromptu classical performances, and rehearsals. Thanks to its accessibility and visibility, the John Jay piano was a forum for practice, musical expression, and cross-pollination. It allowed for the formation of a welcoming first-year music culture within the first few weeks of our time at Columbia. However, the John Jay piano was short-lived, and the story of its disappearance is a testament to Columbia’s lack of commitment to its student artists....
MacArthur Fellowship-winning filmmaker and choreographer Yvonne Rainer never intended for her work to change the world
Student dancers walk in seemingly erratic paths around Studio 305 in Barnard Hall, some of them holding objects like an empty plastic bottle or a cardboard box. These objects spontaneously drop from the dancer’s hands. The sound of a plastic bottle hitting the ground echoes throughout the studio. Each individual’s disparate path comes to one, but the movement doesn’t stop; they continuously move, but now as one entity. In front of them sits Yvonne Rainer, this year’s Lida A. Orzeck ’68 Distinguished Artist-in-Residence, quietly gazing....
Content warning: this op-ed contains mentions of suicide.
Every night, makeup users wipe off their hour-long morning ritual, leaving them with a blank canvas of a face.
Sitting atop the used mid-century style chair in the corner of her sitting room, Erica Baum, BC ’84, recounted how she went from her liberal arts education at Barnard to donning the walls of the Guggenheim with her artwork....
What is the first thing you think of when you think about millennial culture?
For the people in the Artist Society, I am merely a piece of fruit to be observed and represented on paper. Though I can jokingly romanticize my experience, the crown of “the muse” never falls upon my head. My body cannot even claim personhood: In those two hours of straining my muscles, I am reduced to angles and curves of charcoal. And it’s precisely this reduction that allows me to feel little to no nervousness about being naked in front of strangers I will most likely never see again....
A host of lush dance beats, three animated performances, a crowd of college students gradually working through their inhibitions—all of these combined to create this year’s “Bold Brilliant Beats,” the most recent show in an annual concert series organized by Barnard Student Life....
Black female artists were put in the spotlight to talk about their art and experiences in their careers on Wednesday night.