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Art Break: ‘1968: The Global Revolutions’ on Display at Columbia University

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, April 2, 2018

It’s sometimes said that the past is another country; they do things differently there. That may be true. When we look at earlier cultures and history, we observe behaviors and events that often surprise us with their biases and injustices. We wonder how these things were accepted as normal, but we also ask how people made society change its mindset. One answer to that question is 1968: The Global Revolutions, currently on display at Columbia University’s Kempner Exhibition Gallery. The extensive archives of the university have been opened to describe and explain that tumultuous year as experienced around the world. You’ll find many parallels to 2018, making the past feel very present.

Art Break Downtown:

Where: LMAK Gallery, 298 Grand Street

When: Now through April 29, Wed – Sun: 11-6

Who: Nayda Collazo-Llorens: Unmappings

What: Works on paper exploring perception, navigation, and mapping the real and imagined worlds

Why: Everyone has internal maps regarding memory, current life and future dreams

Art Break Chelsea:

Where: Julie Saul Gallery, 535 West 22nd Street

When: Now through April 28, Tu – Fri: 10-6, Sat: 11-6

Who: Maria Martinez-Canas: Rebus + Diversions

What: Photographs and mixed media displays

Why: The artist creates work seen through the prisms of art and political history

Art Break Midtown:

Where: Swann Galleries, 104 East 25th Street

When: Now through April 5, Mon – Wed: 10-6, Thur: 10-12 (auction is Thur at 2:30 pm)

Who: African American Fine Art

What: Auction preview showing of paintings and photographs

Why: The juxtaposition of older and newer artists makes new and interesting connections

Art Break Above 60th Street (East or West):

Where: Kempner Exhibition Gallery, Butler Library, Columbia University

When: Now through June 4, Mon – Fri: 9-4:45

Who: 1968: The Global Revolutions

What: Survey of the worldwide social and political protests of 1968

Why: It may have been 50 years ago but the concerns of that era still reverberate today


Cover: A woman demonstrates with a red flag in front of the Eiffel Tower during the May 1968 student uprisings in Paris; photographer unknown; courtesy of the collections of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University.


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