Columbia Invites Harlem Neighbors to Lenfest Center for Free Workshop with World Renownrf Uptown Artist Maren Hassinger

WHAT:           Local children and adults working with Harlem-based multimedia artist Maren Hassinger to augment her Fight the Power installation in the Wallach Art Gallery’s groundbreaking Uptown Triennial exhibition.  Through lively discussion and sketching, participants will create artwork to be incorporated into her new piece.

Local residents passing through Lenfest Plaza on 125th Street will also be invited to experience artist Miguel Luciano’s public art piece, Pimp my Piragua, and enjoy shaved ices.

WHO:             Local community children, families, and Uptown Artists Maren Hassinger and Miguel Luciano.

WHEN:           Saturday, July 29, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00p.m.

WHERE:         The Wallach Art Gallery, located in the Lenfest Center for the Arts on Columbia University's new Manhattanville campus, 615 West 129th Street (enter on 125th Street, west of Broadway)

Contact: contact Jennifer Mock at

Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery

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.

Saturday, July 29 1pm-3pm
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.
Ages 5 and up; no advance registration required

All programs are free and open to the public