Carol Becker | October 30, 2020 | Columbia School of the Arts

On October 22, 2020, Columbia School of the Arts Dean Carol Becker and Gavin Browning, director of the school’s public programs, hosted a conversation with artists Sam Van Aken and Jorge Otero-Pailos, director of the historic preservation program at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. The event focused on the artists’ innovative approaches to preservation.

In her introductory remarks, Becker spoke about how the arts can be a vehicle to heal our society. “We are exploring creative practices that engage social and political initiatives committed to reimagining and transforming the frayed relationships between humans and the social structures we have created, as well as those between humans and other species, humans and the planet, and those conflicted relationships within ourselves, which often are in need of some form of repair.”

Both Van Aken’s and Otero-Pailos’s projects, as Becker noted, engage “issues of embedded history, preservation, conservation, and healing.”

Watch the entire event here.