Davis Auditorium, Columbia University, 530 W 120th Street, New York
Stark, icebound landscapes have long proved fruitful and generative subjects for artists who have inhabited them. How have the violence and serenity of such extreme places found their way into artistic expression, whether sonic or literary? In an age of rapid global warming, when does an artist become an activist? John Luther Adams, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer of Become Ocean, and Barry Lopez, author of the National Book Award-winning Arctic Dreams, reflect on these and other themes in this special event. The evening includes a performance by Sandbox Percussion of John Luther Adams’s “…and bells remembered…,” and a reading of “The Trail: A Short Short Story” by Barry Lopez.