The Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University is pleased to present Uptown, a new triennial surveying the work of artists who live or practice north of 99th Street. Uptown showcases established and midcareer artists alongside emerging talent from Harlem, El Barrio, Washington Heights and all neighborhoods in between. With this initiative, the Wallach Art Gallery joins northern Manhattan’s vibrant art scene. Uptown celebrates these neighborhoods long at the vanguard in nurturing vital, internationally recognized art.

At the Wallach, we present 25 accomplished artists exploring a wide range of media in a project curated by Wallach Art Gallery director and chief curator, Deborah Cullen. Uptown includes works by artists Ghada Amer, Sanford Biggers, Vladimir Cybil Charlier, Marta Chilindron, Elizabeth Colomba, Renee Cox, Reza Farkhondeh, Alicia Grullón, Maren Hassinger, Michael Kelly Williams, Miguel Luciano, Julie Mehretu, Leeza Meksin, José Morales, Ademola Olugebefola, Shani Peters, John Pinderhughes, Jessica Rankin, Elaine Reichek, Bayeté Ross Smith, Duhirwe Rushemeza, David Shrobe, Virginia Inés Vergara, Tomas Vu, and Nari Ward. These twenty-five accomplished artists work in a wide range of media including painting, printmaking, photography, video, sculpture, installation, and performance.

We are most grateful to the late Miriam and Ira D. Wallach who established the gallery's founding endowment, Sanford Biggers and The Wallach Art Gallery's "Uptown Angels” (Alexander Alberro, Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Victoria Benítez, Susan Delvalle, Roberto Ferrari, Kellie Jones, Erin Lewis, Elizabeth Cooke Levy & Reynold Levy, and Bahia Ramos).

This project was greatly enhanced by the contributions of MA candidate in Art History, Charmaine Branch, The Wallach Network, and in particular, the tireless participation of the talented independent curator, Souleo, who curated and organized many of the offsite venues.



Past Exhibition

Curated By

Deborah Cullen, Director and Chief Curator


Family Workshop: Making Art Uptown

Join Uptown artists Maren Hassinger and Miguel Luciano for an afternoon of art making that explores creativity and self-expression. Working together, families will be able to contribute to Hassinger's artwork Fight the Power in an exercise that invites children and adults alike to experience empowerment through the act of making art. All programs are free and open to the public

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'Uptown' Opening Reception

Inaugurating its first summer of exhibitions at its new home in the Lenfest Center for the Arts on 125th Street, The Wallach Art Gallery will present Uptown, a survey of contemporary artists who live and work north of 99th Street. On view June 2 through August 20, 2017.

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Next Exhibition
September 2017 – June 2018 AT CAFÉ NOUS, PHILOSOPHY HALL

Maggie Goldstone: Animating our World