New York City: Art Capital

Please note this course is at capacity and no longer accepting applications. 



Become a New Yorker by discovering the people and places that made – and continue to make — New York City the epicenter of the art world today.


With over 1,000 galleries, more than 75 museums, and 25+ art fairs, New York City is an undisputed art capital. This course will explore the movements and milestones that put New York’s art scene on the map, from 1913 Armory Show to the City’s emergence as the art world’s epicenter in the 1950s to the present day. Students will visit the pivotal places and view the work that made — and continue to make — art history in the 20th and 21st centuries.


Students will learn about New York City’s constantly evolving art world, starting with the establishment of world-class, encyclopedic museums, such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art to the rise of the Harlem Renaissance and the establishment of Andy Warhol’s Factory. The course will showcase the people and places who have contributed to the City’s ongoing status as an art capital, charting the movements of galleries and artists’ studios from the Upper East Side to Chelsea, Soho, and now Bushwick. Visits to these neighborhoods, the galleries, and artists will illuminate how New York City continues to be the place of artistic experimentation and innovation, and the home to the hottest contemporary art institutions that continue to cement the city’s dominance as the world’s premier art capital.


Site Visits:
Visits will include a combination of trips to historically important art museums and archives, and to contemporary, cutting-edge galleries and artistic experimentation centers related to art production.


Site visits may include:

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • The Museum of Modern Art and PS1
  • The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  • The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Sotheby’s auction house
  • Chelsea Galleries, such as Hauser & Wirth, David Zwirner, and Jack Shainman
  • Lower East Side galleries, such as Nicelle Beachene Gallery, Bodega, and Marc Straus Gallery
  • Bushwick galleries, such as The Chimney
  • Artists’ studios
  • The Whitney Biennial


Guest Speakers and Lecturers:
Students will hear firsthand about the development and creation of New York’s famed institutions that have supported artists whose works established New York as a cultural center, as well as those individuals who continue that tradition by encouraging experimentation or creating themselves. Guest speakers will include art world luminaries, such as gallery owners, museum curators, auction house experts, art critics, art historians, and artists themselves.


Guest speakers may include:

  • Gallery owners
  • Museum curators
  • Auction house experts
  • Art critics
  • Art historians
  • Artists


Materials Fee: $250


Please note: This information is subject to change at any time at the discretion of Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York. 


Course Instructor:

Anthony Titus is the founder of Anthony Titus Studio, an interdisciplinary practice that merges art and architecture. He received his undergraduate degree in architecture from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, and a graduate degree in fine art from the University of Chicago. He is currently an assistant professor of architecture at Rensselaer.

Term Dates

Term dates and course availability depend heavily on instructors’ schedules.

  • Term 2 Grades 10 - 12 & Graduating Senior June 23 to July 5 Term Closed

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Intensives immerse students in a single subject area for the entire two-week Institute term, with the goal of cultivating comprehensive knowledge of that discipline. This thorough approach to learning enables students to develop deeper insights about the field by closely investigating its inner workings.

Course Highlights

Summer Institute enables students to dive deep into a course of study, sharpening skills for their academic and professional careers. Each course is carefully designed to suit student interests and encourage intellectual curiosity.

  • 1

    Students will visit top museums, galleries, auction houses, and artists’ studios, to get a sense of the range of different types of art establishments and art world careers that New York City offers.

  • 2

    Students will hear firsthand about the role of the City as an art capital from artists, gallerists, museum curators, and educators. Guest speakers may include art critics, art historians, and writers at print and new media publication outlets.

  • 3

    This course is ideal for students who love creating art themselves, who are interested in pursuing careers in the art world, or for those who want to experience the vibrancy of the city that has lured artists for over a century. Students will learn how New York became the center of the art world and how it has maintained that stronghold even into the digital age.

  • 4

    Students will examine artworks in museums and cultural settings and learn firsthand about the rise of the museum, gallery, and artist studio culture in New York City.

Summer Institute Faculty

Our instructors are award-winning Sotheby's Institute faculty, recognized thought leaders and professional experts in the art world. Each faculty member structures their course around real-time conversations defining their professions and helps students master the unique forces at play in the art world.

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Experience New York

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    With New York City as their campus, students will have access to all the city has to offer, attending field trips, site visits and special events.

  • Speaker Series Speaker Series

    Summer Institute students have unique opportunities to connect with the most accomplished artists and art professionals working today.

  • Housing Housing

    Summer Institute students have the option of living on campus in the university dormitories or commuting to class from their local residence.

  • Dining Dining

    University cafeteria-style dining halls serve a wide variety of healthy alternatives for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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