The Gallery at the Center was founded in 2012 and has as its main mission to show artistic and thematic exhibits around CSER's key areas of interest, including immigration, citizenship, national formations, labor, public space, race, ethnicity, and/or indigeneity.

Current Exhibit
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Exhibit Page
Through Spring 2020
CSER's Gallery At The Center is holding the student exhibition, Grounded Knowledge, featuring prints from the Native American Heritage Month Planning Committee's zine, Grounded Knowledge.


Columbia University (Map)

420 Hamilton Hall

1130 Amsterdam Avenue

New York City 10027

Gallery Hours: 10am-4pm, Monday-Friday

Past Exhibits
Puerto Rico Under Water
April 19, 2018 - September 15, 2018​
Puerto Rico Under Water features the work of five Puerto Rican artists reflecting on the island's debt crisis and its consequences, including mass migration, vulnerable infrastructure, and increased levels of personal insecurity. At the same time, the work serves as site of memory, humor, and hope as Puerto Ricans rebuild not only homes but a collective future.

Apache Chronicles: The Art of Douglas Miles

November 17, 2016 - May 30, 2017

The Apache Chronicles exhibit featured the work of visual artist Douglas Miles. Indigenous resistance is one of the constant themes in Mr. Miles' work.  Using non-traditional methods and mediums, such as the skateboards displayed in this exhibit, Mr. Miles draws on social justice issues as well as the history of Native people and places these themes at the forefront of the street art movement. Exhibition page

Colors of Confinement (December 2015-May 2016)

Photographs of Japanese American Confinement in World War II

This exhibit was a traveling exhibition guest curated by Eric L. Muller, the Dan K. Moore Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina. It featured images by amateur photographer Bill Manbo shot during his term as inmate at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming from 1942 to 1944.  This was one of the ten camps set up by the U.S. government after the bombing of Pearl Harbor for the forced relocation of 12,000, mostly US-born Japanese American living on the West Coast.

Messages Across Time and Space: (September-December 2015)

Inupiat Drawings from the 1890s at Columbia University

Co-curated by Barnard Art History professor Elizabeth Hutchinson and her students, the show included ten nineteenth century drawings representing aspects of the kivgik (Messenger Feast), a ceremonial complex performed in many Inupiat communities in Alaska to this day.  The show investigated the manifold layers of meaning present in an indigenous art produced within the violent context of settler colonialism in late nineteenth century Alaska. 

The Raging 70s (October 2014-May 2015)
The exhibit drew from El Diario La Prensa’'s 5,000-image collection, which is part of the Latino Arts and Activism Archive at Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University. This show highlighted one of the era’'s most talented photographers, Bolívar Arellano and featured intimate images of Latino public figures, significant events, and everyday life in Latino communities that underscored the period's importance to New York and global histories.

Superheroes (October 2013- May 2014)

The Gallery'’s inaugural exhibit was Dulce Pinzón's photographic tour de force, a series of portraits of superhero-clad Mexican and Central American immigrants in New York performing their jobs.  Pinzón pays homage to Latino immigrants that withstand difficult labor conditions in order to help their families and communities survive and prosper.  


01/03/2016 BACKSTAGE PASS: ‘Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Confinement in World War II’ on view at Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University

01/03/2016 BACKSTAGE PASS: ‘Colors of Confinement: Rare Kodachrome Photographs of Japanese American Confinement in World War II’ on view at Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University

12/23/15 COLUMBIA NEWS VIDEO Messages Across Time and Space: Inupiat Drawings from the 1890s


10/8/13 COLUMBIA SPECTATOR: Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race photo exhibit showcases Latino New York in 1970s

10/16/13 MANHATTAN TIMES Enfocado: Photographer Bolivar Arellano shares work with Columbia

10/26/13 WCAI Photographing Puerto Rican New York, With A 'Sympathetic Eye'

11/29/12 THE UPTOWN COLLECTIVE Latino Immigrants As Super Heroes Exhibit @ Columbia University

CSER continues to be Columbia's main interdisciplinary space for the study of ethnicity and race and their implications for thinking about culture, power, hierarchy, social identities, and political communities. The Center also offers a wide range of public programming, including Artist at the Center, Indigenous Forum, and Latino Public Speaker Series and the Transnational Asian/American Speaker Series. CSER's most recent spaces include the Media and Idea Lab and Gallery at the Center, a space dedicated to curating artistic and thematic exhibits around the Center’s key areas of interest.

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Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race

420 Hamilton Hall, MC 2880

1130 Amsterdam Avenue

New York, NY 10027

Tel 212-854-0507

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