June 2 - August 20, 2017

Orange Dream 1868 Woodlawn Map Chief Bunda Bunda's Long Walk in the Cow Field Lotus Portal Nari Ward

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.

The Wallach is also collaborating with neighboring institutions to present special programs and related exhibitions that engage many more uptown artists. Collaborating museums, galleries, and spaces include:

Please check back here for program updates.

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.