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Columbia University Organizes New Triennial for Artists Based in Upper Manhattan

Maximilíano Durón of Artnews reports that the Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University in New York is launching “Uptown,” a contemporary art triennial that will showcase works by artists who are known for living or working in upper Manhattan.

Organized by Deborah Cullen, the director and chief curator of the Wallach, “Uptown” opens June 2 and will be held through August 20. Its inaugural edition will feature sixty-six artists, including Sanford Biggers, Jaime Davidovich, Julie Mehretu, and Nari Ward.

“It’s really an important initiative for the gallery, the university, and the broader community,” Cullen said. “It’s a no-brainer, really, to have a format, a regular mechanism for the gallery to work with the boarder community . . . Our neighbors, the local community should be our first audience.”

The exhibition will be the gallery’s first major project in its new location at the Lenfest Center for the Arts on 129th Street. In addition, thirteen other institutions will present programming related to the artists included in the exhibition. The organizations collaborating with the triennial are Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center; Elizabeth Dee Gallery; the Harlem School of the Arts at the Herb Alpert Center; Hunter East Harlem Gallery of Hunter College; the Langston Hughes House; the Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion in collaboration with NoMAA, the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, and the Uptown Arts Stroll; the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling; and Windows on Amsterdam Community Art Gallery.

The full list of participating artists is as follows:

Ghada Amer
Betty Blayton
Sanford Biggers
Elan Cadiz
Dario Calmese
Vladimir Cybil Charlier
Marta Chilindron
Elizabeth Colomba
Pepe Coronado
Renee Cox
Jaime Davidovich
Carlos De Jesus
Rene De Los Santos
Carlos Jesús Martínez Domínguez/FEEGZ
Francisco Donoso
Reza Farkhondeh
Sandra Fernández
Marquita Flowers
Derek Fordjour
Felicia Megan Gordon
Kathleen Granados
Alex Guerrero
Roberto Gualtieri/COCO144
Alicia Grullón
Maren Hassinger
Ginny Huo
Leslie Jiménez
Lauren Kelly
Michael Kelly Williams
Sara Mejia Kriendler
Jason Lazarus
Rejin Leys
Stephanie Lindquist
Luanda Lozano
Miguel Luciano
José Morales
Julie Mehretu
Leeza Meksin
Beau McCall
Ivan Monforte
José Morales
Tomo Mori
Darío Oleaga
Ademola Olugebefola
Reynaldo García Pantaleón
Jaime Permuth
Shani Peters
John Pinderhughes
Lina Puerta
Jessica Rankin
Elaine Reichek
Kenny Rivero
Moses Ros-Suarez
José Rodríguez
Aya Rodriguez-Izumi
Duhirwe Rushemeza
Ruben Natal-San Miguel
David Shrobe
Bayeté Ross Smith
Dianne Smith
Sable Elyse Smith
Rider Ureña
Virginia Inés Vergara
Regina Viqueira
Tomas Vu
Nari Ward