New York offers one of the most dynamic contemporary art scenes in the world, and over time has been the launching pad for many of the most influential artists, galleries, museums, and auction houses. Through conversations with distinguished and emerging artists, curators, critics, gallery owners, and specialists, this course will provide in-depth insight and exposure to contemporary art today, looking at what is happening now in the New York art scene and, by extension, the international art world. Lectures will explore recent trends in art as well as reference relevant art historical movements such as Pop, Minimalism, Conceptualism, and Globalism. Key themes and concepts from art history will be introduced to describe how they influence art that is being made today.
Students will learn:
- To identify the most important and critically acclaimed contemporary artists, styles, and trends of the last fifty years.
- To identify the key players in New York’s contemporary art scene, including curators, dealers and art critics.
- To formulate pertinent questions about contemporary art and define terminology specific to the art world.