The Office of University Life and
the Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative Arts Option Committee
cordially invite you to the
ARTS OPTION EXHIBITION
April 21 and 22 from noon- 8pm in the Presidential Ballroom of Faculty House
(Entrance on 116th Street through the Wien Courtyard between Amsterdam and Morningside Drive)
A special two-day event featuring student work created for
Columbia University’s Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative
Please join us for an exhibit featuring student-created music, performance, written word, film, video, and visual art –
all responding to the Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative’s call for artistic expression of the values of mutual respect
and belonging and, in particular, the connection between sexual respect and University community membership.
Commentary about the Arts Option Exhibit:
Colm Toίbίn, Columbia University Department of English and Comparative Literature
“Art seeks out an autonomous space. Now, more than ever, we are in need of autonomous space.
Thus the image made, the dance movements worked out, the film shot, the words written on the page, the photograph taken, the painting created,
are metaphors for our right in the wider world to imagine and make, metaphors for our own will,
for our own freedom, for our own vulnerability; they are signs too of our own autonomy, our own power.”
Nina Berman, Columbia Journalism School
“Outrage, defiance, insistence, regret, loneliness, betrayal, forgiveness, resilience, shame, justice and above all an urgency to be heard:
these are some of the emotions and themes articulated by the brave artists who delved deep to make work for this collection.”
Adam Bandler, Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
“The Arts Option stands out not because it produces excellent works of art (and it does produce some exquisite projects)
but because it gives a student the chance to re-frame the very questions being raised.”
Victor LaValle, Columbia University School of the Arts
“How do you create a healthy community? You don’t simply go to and from class, passing one another without more than a nod.
Instead you share the hardships, the fears, and also the triumphs and strengths that come from having weathered the worst.
The entries in the Art Option seem like an encouraging step in this journey. Here is your community. Know them and let them know you.”