News and Events

News and Events


*UPDATE (10/04/21):  

Registration is now open for the conference Responses in Music to Climate Change, produced under the auspices of The Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation in New York City.

Our event collects and shares research on music’s place within the Anthropocene from a wide range of perspectives. Originally scheduled for April of 2020, this conference has been reimagined as a five-day virtual gathering, taking place on 4-8 October 2021.

The registration form and schedule can be accessed from our conference website here:

Registration is free and open to all. After registering, you will receive a verification email. If you have any questions about the conference or registration, please do not hesitate to contact Professor Michael Lupo at:

Responses in Music to Climate Change features:

  • A keynote address by ethnomusicologist Steven Feld
  • A pre-recorded presentation by composer John Luther Adams
  • A live interview with composer Christopher Tin
  • "Adaptations: Confronting Climate Change Amid Covid-19”—A roundtable discussion with scholars Aaron Allen, Mark Pedelty, Alexander Rehding, Jeff Todd Titon, Denise von Glahn, and Holly Watkins


We look forward to seeing you there!

Past Events

Chair Lisa Farrington is the winner of the 2010 Andy Warhol Foundation/Creative Capital award for Arts Writers.

Music Professor Daniel Beliavsky recorded Donald Harris' Sonata 1957 for solo piano (the first since Veronica Jochum's 1974 recording), in May 2010. He is also the audio engineer, director, and lead performer in a documentary about the Harris Sonata 1957, which will be completed in 2011.

Music Professor Peter Manuel: Keynote Speaker at the Pre-Conference Symposium of the Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology in Los Angeles on Nov. 10, 2010.

Art History Professor Thalia Vrachopoulos won the Fulbright Senior Specialist Scholar Award to lecture at Korea University in Seoul in Winter of 2011

Professor Lisa Farrington Featured on National Public Radio Show Titled "Women Call For Peace"

Summer Intro to Drawing with world famous artist Susanne Kessler (John Jay artist-in-residency Summer 2011)

June Summer session 1 registration info: Art 111 – 01 Code: 0644 T,W,TH 9:00 – 11:30 am
Susanne Kessler is an award-winning German - Italian painter, illustrator and installation artist. From 1975 - 1982 she studied painting and graphic art at the University of the Arts in Berlin and the Royal College of Art in London. In 1992 she won the Paul Strecker Award of the City of Mainz. In addition to scholarships and artist residencies, more than 50 solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions have taken her throughout Europe and to India, Pakistan, Mali, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Iran, Latvia and the USA. She has served as a guest professor at the California State University, the Latvian Academy of Arts in Riga, Latvia, and she comes this summer to John Jay College.

Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity!

Freedom riders and Bus Boycotters

Freedom Riders and Bus Boycotters For more information, click here


Daniel Do Amaral - Momentum

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Art History Students Present "The Black Woman in Art & Museum Masterpieces"

Forensic Art
Visualizing the Unkown: Forensic Art
August 24th - October 26th, 2009
Opening Reception:
Wednesday September 9th, 5-7PM
6th Floor President's Gallery

Featured artists:
Donna Fontana, New Jersey State Police Cary Lane, Yonkers Police Department Daniel Sollitti, Jersey City Police Department John Jay College forensic drawing students.

For more Information call 212.237.8329 or

Forensic Art People at an art gallery Creating art on the computer

Picture of old paper
Kostas Kiritsis - From Manhattan to Mannahatta: Artists Books 1999-2009
Curated by Mary Ting.

August 28th - September 25th, 2009
Opening Reception
Wednesday September 9, 6-8 PM
3rd Floor Gallery

For more Information call 212.237.8329 or


Lisa Farrington's "The World Before Racism"
Lecture by Lisa Farrington
Tuesday 31 March 2009 5pm rm. 630T

The Department of Art & Music at John Jay College presents "The World Before Racism, "a lecture by Dr. Lisa Farrington, art historian, curator, award-winning author, and department Chair. To celebrate the inaugural year of John Jay's newly founded Art & Music Department, this talk will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 from 5:00 p.m.7:00 p.m. at 899 10th Avenue, room 630T (between 59th and 60th Streets). The event is free and open to the public and will feature stunning works of art from ancient Egypt to modern times. Dr. Farrington will ask and answer such questions as: When did racism begin? Have Africans and their progeny in the Diaspora always been at odds with, or victimized by, western cultural forces? Or is this dichotomy a relatively new phenomenon? What relationship did Africans and Europeans have prior to the onset of racism? For more information contact


Exhibition Opening Reception
September 9, 2008
Color and Sound: The Paintings of Gaye Ellington

A painting by Gaye Ellington A painting by Gaye Ellington

Painter Gaye Ellington was the featured artist in the inaugural exhibition and reception for the newly founded Department of Art & Music. The exhibition included paintings inspired by jazz compositions of the artist's grandfather, Duke Ellington, as well as Mercer Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. The evening's festive reception also included the sounds of Ellington band members Tommy James on piano and Cleve Guyton on sax, clarinet and flute.

Gaye Ellington
The artist, Gaye Ellington
Jeremy Travis and Gaye Ellington
President Jeremy Travis with 
artist Gaye Ellington