The art exhibited in Faculty House features colorful contemporary work in all media by artists Stephen Ellis, Nina Katchadourian, Julian Kreimer, Abelardo Morrell, Michal Nachmany, David Row, Jacinta Stewart and others. In addition, the collection includes a curated selection of over sixty vintage images selected from Columbia University Archives.
Garden Room 2: Living Monuments
In 2017, Living Monuments by Michal Nachmany was installed in Garden Room 2. In this series, Nachmany celebrates the continued growth of Columbia University’s Manhattanville Campus, while paying tribute to the Morningside Campus and to landmarks and history of a nearby section of Manhattan’s Riverside Park.
Nachmany's work has been exhibited in several solo shows in New York City and New York State. Her first international solo exhibit was in Taipei, Taiwan in late 2016, followed by a show in Krakow, Poland in the spring of 2017.
Multilayered photolithography and collage with hand-painted elements. Grant’s Tomb is the resting place of Ulysses S. Grant (1822–1885), the 18th President of the United States, and his wife, Julia Boggs Dent Grant. Completed in 1897, the tomb stands in Riverside Park in the Morningside Heights neighborhood. Northeast of the monument is Columbia University’s Manhattanville Campus.
Multilayered photolithography and collage with hand-painted elements. Just south of the Manhattanville Campus, the Claremont Inn was built in the early 19th century along the Hudson River, north of what is now Grant’s Tomb. The Inn saw its glory days from the 1890s to the 1920s, and was demolished in 1951.
Multilayered photolithography and collage. This print combines historical images from inside and outside the Butler Library building. Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler followed President Seth Low in serving as Columbia University’s president, 1902-1945. As president, Butler carried out a major expansion of the campus, adding many new buildings, schools, and departments. After he died, Columbia’s main academic library, previously known as South Hall, was renamed to Butler Library. In 1931 Dr. Butler was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
(Latin alma "nourishing/kind" mater "mother”): Multilayered photolithography and collage. The bronze sculpture of the goddess Athena by Daniel Chester French was installed in September 1903 on the steps leading up to the Low Memorial Library. Since then, the sculpture has become known internationally as one of the most significant and recognizable symbols of the University.
Multilayered photolithography and collage. St. Paul's Chapel, on Columbia’s Morningside Heights campus, was built from 1903-1907. In the background of the piece is a letter dated 1918 sent to the chaplain from a former student, Lieutenant J.H. Donaldson. The soldier writes to thank the chaplain for a letter he sent Donaldson, who carried the chaplain’s letter with him during a battle in France: “I had it [the chaplain’s letter] with me during the five days of fighting at Soissons, July 18-23, 1918 – Sincerely, J.H. Donaldson.”
Multilayered photolithography and collage with hand-painted elements. The former Studebaker automobile finishing plant, constructed in the 1920s, is one of the few remnants of the old industrial West Harlem neighborhood that is now the site of Columbia's Manhattanville campus. Today the Studebaker building houses several of Columbia’s administrative departments. The artwork incorporates the images of the Studebaker building, an original stock certificate for the Studebaker Corp., vintage Studebaker cars, the 125th Street Viaduct, original street maps, Harlem’s Cotton Club and more.
The Ivy Lounge Collection
The Ivy Lounge features a collection of pieces from Special Collections Revisted from the series The Sorted Books series, by Nina Katchadourian. The artist began this series in 1993 and continues to add to it. The books highlighted come from private homes and specialized book collections.
Also displayed is Bookshelf, by Julian Kreimer.