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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.
The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    Dates: July 6 – July 30, 2020
    Times: Monday – Thursday; 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Location: The course will take place at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, 570 Lexington Avenue, New York, 6th floor.
  • Faculty


    Coming in early 2020.
    Our instructors are award-winning Sotheby's Institute faculty, recognized thought leaders, and professional experts in the art world.
  • Sample Topics & Site Visits

    Sample Topics & Site Visits

    Week 1:

    • The role of artists, galleries, museums, art advisors and auction houses

    • An overview of the contemporary art landscape in New York City

    • The path of an artwork from creation to exhibition

    Week 2:

    • Artistic media, from painting and drawing to film and video

    • The history of contemporary and conceptual art

    • Artists, collectors, philanthropists, and art critics

    Week 3:

    • Contemporary art at auction

    • Performance art

    • Disruptive technologies in art

    Week 4:

    • Globalization and identity politics

    • The artist/gallery relationship

    • Art fairs in the global market

    Past site visits have included:
    Top art galleries, The Museum of Modern Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, artist foundations, private art collections, and artists’ studios.
    Past guest speakers have included:
    Gallery directors, museum curators and educators, auction house specialists, art critics, art collectors, and artists.
    Each summer, faculty update their syllabi to reflect current trends and exhibitions. Topics are not comprehensive and are subject to change.
  • Certificate Of Completion

    Certificate Of Completion

    The New York - Summer Institute offers its courses on a non-credit basis. Participants who attend the majority of classes receive a digital Certificate of Completion. This certificate can easily be added to social media networks.
    A participant may seek approval and be awarded credit through their US-based home institution for our 4-week offering. Our Academic Programs office provides a Home Institution Form with requirements to assist in this process.
  • Course Fees

    Course Fees

    Course: $3,750
    Institute Fees:

    • A $50 registration fee beginning March 16, 2020

    • This fee increases to $100 on April 16, 2020

    Course fees include course-based site visits, materials, and guest speakers. Transportation and accommodation are the responsibility of the participant.
    Register for Multiple Courses to Save:
    - Take one 4-week course: $3750
    - Take two 4-week courses: $7000 ($500 savings)
    - Take a 4-week course and a 2-week course: $5800 ($350 savings)
    Further offers may apply for additional coursework.
  • Further Details

    Further Details

    While our New York – Summer Institute is non-residential, our Housing Resources page provides essential information and external resources for participants researching their options. More information will be available in the coming weeks.
    All courses are conducted in English; a good working knowledge of the language’s spoken and written form is recommended, although no certification is required.
    International participants should review the U.S. Government’s official Visa website and contact their country of origin's embassy/government office before registering. Our New York – Summer Institute continuing education, non-credit courses do not qualify for student visa sponsorship.
  • Registration & Contact Information

    Registration & Contact Information

    The New York – Summer Institute is open to anyone at least eighteen years with a high school diploma or the equivalent. Registration requires basic personal information and full payment by credit or debit card.
    Website registration is available from our website 24/7.
    Click here to register now.
    Our Terms & Conditions include information on program details and cancellation policies. Once registration information and payment are received, an email confirmation will be sent to you within 24 hours.
    For further information, course advisement, or registration assistance, please contact:
    Hayley Black, Admissions Advisor

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