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This introduction to modern through contemporary art will explore the pivotal artists, movements, concepts, and styles that have made a mark on the European and American art world from 1900 to the present. Through visits to New York’s world-class museums and galleries, participants will learn about key movements such as Cubism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, and more. The structure of the course will combine these site visits with classroom lectures and guest speakers to connect direct visual analysis of art with historical and theoretical concepts. Through their study, participants will come to understand how the art of the past continues to influence contemporary artists working today.

What you will learn…

  • To identify the most significant artists, movements, concepts, styles, and art-making practices in Europe and America since 1900, as well as the academic vocabulary used to describe them.
  • To understand how the art of the past continues to influence contemporary artists working today.
  • To gain essential skills of visual analysis in order to speak with confidence about modern through contemporary art and art history.
The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    4-week course
    July 8–August 1, 2019
    Monday–Thursday; 2:30 PM–5:00 PM

    Enrollment for this course is now closed. Please write to if interested in our 2020 summer program.
  • Faculty


    Corey D'Augustine, Adjunct Faculty, Online Courses, M.A. Art Business and Summer Institute, New York

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  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    • Roots of Modernism in Europe

    • The Armory Show and the European Avant Garde

    • Duchamp and New York Dada

    • Post-War Influence of Surrealism

    • Abstract Expressionists and the Beat Generation

    • Pop, Minimal, and Conceptual Art

    • Postmodern Art and Architecture

    • Contemporary Art and Globalization

    These topics are subject to change.
  • Further Program Details

    Further Program Details

    Summer - New York is part of Sotheby's Institute's continuing education programming and offers short, non-credit courses.

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  • Course Fees & Enrollment

    Course Fees & Enrollment


    Add a second Summer New York course at a reduced rate:

    • Additional 4-week course +$3250 ($7000 Total)

    • Additional 2-week course +$1950 ($5700 Total)

    • Additional 1-week course +$1350 ($5100 Total)

    Tuition includes classroom and program lectures, site visits, and additional programming.
    Tuition does not include accommodation or travel.

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  • Contact Information

    Contact Information

    For further information or course advisement, please contact:
    Hayley Black, Admissions Advisor
    Tel: 212-897-6644 Or Request Information

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