Beginning October 1st, the Lenfest Center for the Arts will receive public visitors during all gallery viewing hours. 

The Lenfest Center for the Arts is subject to the Key to NYC Executive Order.  Therefore all guests entering the building will be required to show proof of vaccination and ID.


Columbia University School of the Arts’ Lenfest Center for the Arts is a dynamic new hub for cultural and civic exchange in Upper Manhattan. Featuring four flexible venues and a public plaza, this state-of-the-art facility offers unprecedented opportunities for the presentation and generation of contemporary art across disciplines.


From readings and installations to performances, screenings, and symposia, the vibrant array of activity at the Lenfest Center for the Arts aims to strengthen local partnerships while highlighting contemporary scholarship, global perspectives, and compelling voices of our time.

This Week

Ongoing Events


Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and responding to a vibrant popular and academic debate about the role and function of public monuments "The Way We Remember: Koenig’s Sphere, 9/11 and the Politics of Memory" explores three distinct but interrelated themes surrounding the issues of public monuments; memory, trauma, postmemory; and the power of art to represent the past.


Repair | Fall 2021

Traversing media and disciplines, the Fall 2021 Public Programs and Engagement season at Columbia University School of the Arts will focus on the concept of Repair.


Lenfest Kids

Columbia University School of Arts presents Lenfest Kids, a monthly series of films for the whole family. Each month, we will feature three films, including recent animation and live action, as well as critically acclaimed classic films for families.  


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When we committed ourselves to the Manhattanville campus in West Harlem, we knew it would be essential for Columbia to use this opportunity to build exceptional spaces for our mission of teaching, research and creativity that make a difference in the world—and to do so in a way that benefits our city and community.

- Lee C. Bollinger, University President

Our goal is to create a welcoming venue where every space can be activated by the work of students, faculty and guest artists in film, theatre, writing and visual arts, opening our doors to new collaborations both across the University and our community, fostering connections to the always vibrant art scene in Harlem and beyond.

- Carol Becker, Dean
Columbia University School of the Arts