How will the move to Manhattanville connect us with community artists and the public?

For most of its 30 years, the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery has been a well-kept secret—a highly respected gallery space tucked away on the eighth floor of a building on Columbia’s Morningside campus. Now it is moving to a highly visible location in the new Lenfest Center for the Arts, located just north of West 125th Street.

Here on Columbia’s new Manhattanville campus, the Wallach Gallery will be more accessible than ever to the community, for artists and audience members alike. The new campus has been designed for maximum openness, with many opportunities for local residents to walk, visit, and learn.

Director and chief curator Deborah Cullen, who came to Columbia from El Museo del Barrio, has ensured that the gallery works with the Wallach Network, a group of creative community members, to connect with new and diverse constituencies. With the help of these partnerships, the Wallach Gallery at the Lenfest Center will open new possibilities for experiencing art in all media, including film, visual arts, and live performance.

This summer, in its new home, the Wallach Gallery will feature Uptown, a survey of contemporary work by artists active in Northern Manhattan. It will be followed by Living in America: Frank Lloyd Wright, Harlem and Modern Housing and Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet to Matisse and Beyond. In its second year, the Gallery will later present Arthur Mitchell: Harlem’s Ballet Maverick. Learn more.

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