eli commins.

The Great Walls, Eli Commins.  Developed and performed with Arts Management students for the Techne event, The Purple State (11/8/2016).

Each semester, the program invites industry professionals to address and workshop with our students in the academic setting.  We strive to provide a diverse offering of guests, both in origin and scope of work, to help our students think outside their cultural and professional norms in experiencing, developing, producing, and managing the arts.

Fall 2017

Many of our guests this semester have been in conjunction with the Techne Institute.  Students will endage in lectures, workshops, and events with the following guests:

Chantal Bilodeau

Robert Lowenberg

Philippe Vincent and Robert Lipman

Christian Giriat

Spring 2018

Mark Wasiuta, in partnership with the Department of Architecture
February 14, 2018
6-7:30 pm, Hayes Hall, South Campus

Mark Wasiuta is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP and Co-Director of the Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices in Architecture program.

Wasiuta is the recipient of recent grants from the Graham Foundation, NYSCA and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Recent exhibitions curated and produced with various collaborators include, Environmental Communications: Contact High at the Chicago Architecture Biennial, La Fine Del Mondo at the 14th Architectural Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, Air Manifest: Los Angeles 1955, 1965 at Studio X Istanbul in conjunction with the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial, Deste Fashion Collection 1 to 8 at the Benaki Museum, Athens, and Information Fall-Out: Buckminster Fuller’s World Game at the Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery.

He is co-editor and co-author of Dan Graham’s New Jersey. Forthcoming publications include the books Environments and Counter Environments, Experimental Media in Italy: The New Domestic Landscape and Collecting Architecture Territories. He is partner in the design and research office the International House of Architecture. The office is currently completing a history of the air urbanism of Los Angeles in the context of a postwar cultural and material economy of contamination and purification.

John Zion
March 15, 2018
9:00 am, Slee Hall Lobby, North Campus

John Zion became the Managing Director of MKI Artists – which has represented many of the world’s leading classical musicians for more than sixty years – after taking ownership of the firm in September 2015. John directs the worldwide careers of a select group of artists who have received the industry’s top honors including the Grammy Award, Avery Fisher Career Grant, and Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year.

John serves on the board of Chamber Music America and as member of APAP’s Classical Connections Committee. He has spoken about the music industry at the Manhattan School of Music, University at Buffalo, and the APAP and CMA national conferences. In 2012, he was been named one of the “Rising Stars in the Performing Arts” by Musical America.

Before coming to MKI, John performed regularly as a violinist with orchestras throughout New England and toured Vietnam with his string quartet. Originally from Chicago, John studied violin performance and history at the Hartt School of Music and Lawrence University. 

Umberto Crenca, 
in partnership with The Cass Project
April 25, 2018
7:00 pm, 500 Seneca Atrium

Umberto Crenca is a co-Founder (and recently retired Artistic Director) of AS220 a nonprofit center for the arts in Providence, Rhode Island. AS220 was established in 1985 to provide a local, unjuried, and uncensored home for the arts. The organization maintains three buildings, providing: fifty eight artist live and/or work spaces, four exhibition spaces, a print shop, a media lab including a black and white darkroom, a fabrication lab, a stage, a recording studio, a black box theater, a dance studio, and a popular bar and restaurant. AS220’s permanent establishment in the City’s downtown is widely recognized as one of the first significant steps in the creation of the Providence Arts and Entertainment District.


Please visit our Events page for details about our guests and programming.