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.