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New York City’s artists have produced some of the most important and challenging art, while the organizations that support them have flourished into among the most highly influential institutions in the world. In this course, visits to museums, galleries, auction houses and artists’ studios will show participants how art travels from creation to exhibition, while lectures and discussions will explore the art historical roots of trends in contemporary art such as Pop, Minimalism and Conceptual art. Students will engage with the work of curators, critics and dealers, and discover the young artists who are only just emerging in the downtown galleries. This course is recommended for individuals interested in learning about the art historical context for contemporary art, while being exposed to artwork first-hand.

By the end of this course students will…

  • Have an understanding of the most significant styles and trends of the last fifty years.
  • Be familiar with the work of the most important and critically acclaimed artists of the period.
  • Understand the work of key players in New York’s art scene, from curators to dealers to critics.
The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    July 10 - August 3, 2017.
    Monday - Thursday: 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM.
  • Faculty


    Morgan Falconer is a critic and art historian. Educated at the University of Leeds, and the Courtauld Institute of Art, he completed a PhD on American modernist culture at University College London. He recently completed a history of painting after 1945 entitled Painting Beyond Pollock, which was published by Phaidon in April  of 2015. The Art Lovers’ Guide to New York, his guide to the city’s art collections, was published by Rizzoli (New York) and Thames & Hudson (London) in 2011.

    Kathleen Madden is an art historian who contributes regularly to magazines such as Artforum, Art in America, and OSMOS. She has been part of the curatorial team for exhibitions at Tate Modern, the Barbican Art Gallery, and the Serpentine Gallery. Previously, she was the Commissioning Editor of Contemporary Art at Phaidon Press. Madden also teaches at Barnard College, Columbia University and holds a PhD, ABD from University of Wales and an MA from the Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    • The Most Significant Styles and Trends in Art of the Last 50 years

    • The Role of Artists, Galleries, Museums, Art Advisors and Auction Houses

    • The Path of an Artwork from Creation to Exhibition

    • Roots of Recent Art in Pop, Minimalism and Conceptual Art

    • From Painting and Drawing to Film and Video

    • Artists, Collectors, Philanthropists and Thinkers

    • Contemporary Art at Auction

    • Performance Art

    • Globalization and Identity Politics

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  • Course Fees

    Course Fees

    4-week courses: $3,750 for one course or $7,000 for two 4-week courses. One 4-week with one 2-week: $5,700.

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  • Further Information

    Further Information

    For further information, please contact:

    Suzanne Julig, Director, Summer Study NY
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