Columbia Beijing Week

The Columbia Beijing Week (June 14-19), organized by Columbia Global Centers | Beijing, highlighted Columbia’s eminent professors and senior academic leadership, joined by renowned international and Chinese scholars, artists, film directors, critics and writers. The events are well attended by Columbia Alumni, students, parents and members of the media.

June 22, 2016

Guqin Performance –What is singing?

On June 14th, more than 150 people gathered at the Center despite rain for the Guqin Performance by Wu Na. This was the first time, Huan Qing, one of the pioneer musicians in China, and Wu Na performed together. Some audiences flew as far as Hainan Island for the performance, which was well received by the audience.

Guqin Performance

Art Exhibition: Pixel Analysis- by Yang Hongwei

James J. Valentini, Dean of Columbia College and Vice President for Undergraduate Education, made an opening remark at the reception of an art exhibition "Pixel Analysis."

Dean of Columbia College and Vice President for Undergraduate Education, James J. Valentini

Columbia Beijing Week served as an occasion to highlight renowned Columbia professors Lydia H. Liu, curator of the art exhibition and Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities, as well as international and Chinese artists and scholars Xu Bing, world renowned artist and professor at The Central Academy of Fine Arts, and Wang Hui, Tsinghua University professor. China Daily did a report of the art exhibition on “Pushing the boundary of visual art”.


Group Photo

The Seen and Unseen: New Directions of Documentary Cinema

The Columbia Beijing Week also hosted a series of panels featuring Chinese filmmakers, directors and critics. Richard Peña, Professor of Film at Columbia’s School of the Arts and former program director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the New York Film FestivalDirector Emeritus, led a conversation with Jia Zhangke, as part of “The Seen and Unseen: New Directions of Documentary Cinema.” AP reporter Louise Watt published her interview with Jia Zhangke about two decades of Chinese Independent cinema, which was picked up by the New York Times.

Panel discussion

During the Columbia Beijing Week, 2,585 people viewed the post-event video performance by Wu Na and Huan Qing, created by WUNA GUQIN. 1,270 viewed the pre-event posting of the art exhibition via WeChat. 904 viewed the post-event report by Harper’s Bazaar Art. 2,195 people viewed WeChat promotion of film screening and panel discussions. 1,430 people viewed the post-event report by Contemporary Film Magazine. 1,278 people viewed the Columbia Beijing Week pre-event via WeChat as of June 22, 2016. The Guqin Performance, Art Exhibition and Conversation with Jia Zhangke are among the popular events featured during the Columbia Beijing Week.