Dive into the New York art world and get an insider view of how top museums operate in this cultural capital.
Designed for the passionate museum-goer, this course will provide a gateway for students to visit “every” major art museum in New York City — such as The Met, The MOMA, The Guggenheim, The Whitney, The Frick, The Brooklyn Museum and others – where they will learn about the differences between large, encyclopedic collections and small, more focused establishments. How did – and do – museums acquire their collections and how do they care for them? How, when, and why is the work displayed? To whom do the museums belong? By using the city as their campus, students will learn about art as well as about the museums themselves: their importance and how they work. Students will learn about the choices curators make and what goes into curating a big show as well as how a permanent collection is maintained.
Students will also learn about various careers associated with museums and get an insider perspective on how museums operate. Students will explore the different roles played by various staff positions, from the curator who tells the story of the exhibition to the membership director who packages the museum to the external patrons and supporters, giving students an understanding on how museums work from the inside out. Students may also go behind the scenes or enter a museum before opening hours to gain a new perspective on museum collections from the museum staff.
Visits will include New York City’s most influential art museums.
Site visits may include:
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art & The Cloisters
- The Museum of Modern Art and PS1
- The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
- The Whitney Museum of American Art
- The Frick Collection
- The Brooklyn Museum of Art
- The Cooper-Hewitt Triennial
- The Studio Museum in Harlem
- The Noguchi Museum
- El Museo del Barrio
- The Neue Galerie
- The Rubin Museum of Art
Guest Speakers and Lecturers:
Students will hear firsthand about museum front-end and back-end operations.
Guest speakers may include:
- Museum curators
- Exhibition designers
- Museum educators
- Art critics
- Art historians
Materials Fee: $275
Please note: This information is subject to change at any time at the discretion of Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York.