Fall 2020

Past Events

December 09, 2020


Online Event


Join Director and Chief Curator Betti-Sue Hertz for a virtual tour of Columbia’s Wallach Art Gallery’s latest exhibition, "Uptown Triennial 2020."

Hertz will be joined by artist Xaviera Simmons who will offer live commentary and insights on the exhibition. There will be a special introduction by Carol Becker, Dean of the Columbia University School of the Arts and an audience Q&A will follow the presentation.

About Columbia at Home Series

The CAA’s weekly Columbia at Home virtual series features Columbians speaking on informative and engaging topics during this difficult time. Diverse topics span the latest on the COVID-19 crisis, health and wellness, entertainment, and more.

Recording of the Webinars will be hosted on the CAA YouTube channel a few days after the event. Access to the recordings is available here.

**Please note if you are unable to join the Webinar live, we will share a recording after the event to anyone who registers.**


Betti-Sue Hertz has been director and chief curator at Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery since 2019. Her curatorial and scholarly work focuses on the intersection of critical visual culture, transnational exchange and socially relevant issues. She was director of visual arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (2008–2015), curator of contemporary art, San Diego Museum of Art (2000–2008), and director, Longwood Arts Project (1992–1998). She was curator in residence at HOW Art Museum Shanghai in 2018 and has been a public arts consultant with TLS Landscape Architecture for major projects in Suzhou and Shenzhen since 2016. Hertz has taught social art history and theory courses at Stanford University, San Francisco Art Institute and UC Berkeley and was a member of the Stanford Creative Cities Working Group (2016-2019). Hertz is a member of the Advisory Committee of 2020Visions. Photo by Eileen Barroso.

Xaviera Simmons’s body of work spans photography, performance, video, sound, sculpture and installation. She received her BFA from Bard College (2004) after spending two years on a walking pilgrimage retracing the Transatlantic slave trade with Buddhist monks. She completed the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program in Studio Art (2005) while simultaneously completing a two-year actor-training conservatory with The Maggie Flanigan Studio. Her exhibitions and performances have been reviewed extensively both in the United States and internationally. She was a visiting lecturer and the inaugural 2019 Solomon Fellow at Harvard University and has been awarded The Charles Flint Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters from Bard College. This fall and winter 2021 Simmons will have works on view at Socrates Sculpture Park, NY, Times Square NY, The Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, The Moody Gallery at Rice University and The Liverpool Biennial among many other exhibitions.