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.
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
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.
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.