• Waiting for Omar Gatlato: Contemporary Art from Algeria and its Diaspora

    The exhibition borrows its title from a 1979 publication on early Algerian film, edited by Wassyla Tamzali, which references Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot and Merzak Allouache’s 1976 cult classic film Omar Gatlato.

  • Public Lecture: Around 1962, from Algeria to the World

    Todd Shepard, Arthur O. Lovejoy Professor, Department of History, Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, Johns Hopkins University | Algeria's independence from over one hundred and thirty years of French colonial domination almost immediately came to define how many people understood what "decolonization" tout court meant. Being known as the "Mecca of Revolutionaries" contributed to how much the Algerian Revolution meant to Algerians, especially to those who, in the name of this triumph, governed independent Algeria. Many other Algerians, however, have and continue to draw their own inspiration from this history. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Waiting for Omar Gatlato: Contemporary Art from Algeria and its Diaspora

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  • ... The representation of the black model in Manet’s Olympia, the presence of black female models in French art and photography from Manet to Matisse, and the response to such representations in the work of certain modern and contemporary artists were the subjects of “Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today,” an ambitious and satisfying exhibition curated by Denise Murrell at Columbia University’s Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery. ...

    In Plain Sight | New York Review of Books
Mourad Krinah, "The Sunday Waltz 3 — Tribute to Paolo Uccello" (detail), 2019. Courtesy of the artist.
Free and open to the public

Wed: noon – 6 pm
Thurs: noon – 8 pm
Fri: noon – 6 pm
Sat & Sun: 11 am – 6 pm

The Wallach Art Gallery

Lenfest Center for the Arts
Columbia University
615 West 129th Street


Betti-Sue Hertz, Director and Chief Curator. Photo by Eileen Barroso.


Symposium: February 6 & 7, 2020

Sur moderno: New Perspectives
on South American
Abstraction and Its Legacies


Jointly organized by the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Institute for the Study of Art from Latin America at The Museum of Modern Art, and the Art History and Archeology Department at Columbia University. Please follow link for details.



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