Understand the art world from all angles through an online immersion in art’s history, economics, and the vibrant contemporary art scene of New York City.
Students enrolled in this online Exploration course will survey the fields of art history, art business, and contemporary art, focusing on the complex and dynamic artwork being created in the art market today. In a dynamic virtual environment that balances a variety of expert-led live sessions with self-paced modules, students will explore how a variety of art world players come together to make New York City into one of the top art capitals of the world.
Our multidisciplinary approach to learning encourages students to sample different fields and employ critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. Designed and led by industry experts with extensive online teaching experience, the course’s live video sessions and interactive activities will engage students in an exploration of their passions and help them prepare for college. The Explorations program is curated to give students a newfound sense of direction for their future studies by shedding light on a diverse selection of subject material.
Virtual site visits may include:
• Global museums, such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Louvre Museum in Paris, and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam
• Online viewing rooms at world-renowned art galleries, such as David Zwirner, and Hauser & Wirth
• Virtual guided tours of New York City’s art neighborhoods, such as Chelsea in Manhattan with its many art galleries
• Behind the scenes at Sotheby’s auction house
• Artsy’s headquarters
• Artists’ studios
Global guest speakers may include:
• Auction house experts, specialists, and world-famous auctioneers
• Online art sales entrepreneurs
• Gallery directors
• Museum curators
• Collectors at their homes for a private virtual visit
• Artists working in new media
• Art writers
Self-paced activities and projects may include:
• Designing an exhibition proposal by curating artworks from the collections of top museums and galleries worldwide
• Creating interpretive materials for artworks in a museum or gallery, such as wall labels and text for an audio guide
• Building entrepreneurship skills by creating a business proposal and plan for a new art-related venture
• Writing a short review of an art exhibition presented through an online viewing room
- Giovanni Aloi is an art historian specializing in the history and theory of photography, representations of nature, and everyday objects in art. He has published with Columbia University Press and Phaidon. Aloi is a faculty member at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Sotheby’s Institute of Art, where he teaches both in person and online. Aloi studied art history in Milan before obtaining his postgraduate diploma in art history at Goldsmiths University in London, where he also earned a Doctorate. Aloi taught Art History for Sotheby’s Summer Institute-Pre College in 2019.
- Sonja Wosnitzer began her career in fixed income markets, spending several years at boutique investment funds and trading firms in New York City. Wosnitzer received her Master of Arts degree in visual arts management in 2018 from New York University, where she authored her thesis on applications of blockchain technology and engaged extensively with online art trading platforms. Currently, Wosnitzer leverages prior experience at Sonnabend Gallery and Lincoln Center Corporate Fund to serve clients in private alternative asset consulting. She taught Art Business for Sotheby’s Summer Institute-Pre College in 2019.
- Aimee Walleston is a New York City-based essayist and editor, who has worked for magazines including W, Interview, Jane, and The Last Magazine. She also has contributed reviews, essays, and interviews to numerous publications including Art in America, Flash Art, The Brooklyn Rail, T Magazine, and CR Fashion Book. Walleston taught Art Writing for Sotheby’s Summer Institute -Pre College in 2019, and she has extensive experience teaching for Sotheby’s Institute of Art online. Walleston holds an MFA in art criticism and writing from the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Tech Fee: $75
Please note: This information is subject to change at any time at the discretion of Sotheby’s Institute of Art.