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Overview

How does Contemporary Art continue to evolve and persist in challenging us? Introduction to Contemporary Art provides a framework for the continual evolution of Contemporary art by examining key works by artists including Donald Judd, Barbara Kruger, Tania Bruguera and Alfredo Jaar, among many others. Through lectures and discussions, this course captures Contemporary art’s complex trajectory, exploring the central themes, as well as the ideas behind some of the most important works of the past 60 years. By closely studying the context of Contemporary art, you will gain an appreciation of the impact that momentous social, political, and cultural events have had in inspiring dramatic innovation in the arts. At the end of the course, you will have acquired a comfort level with artworks that might have previously seemed challenging or inaccessible.

You’ll walk away with:
• The ability to identify key works representing key moments in the unfolding of Contemporary art.
• The tools for looking at, understanding and critically assessing Contemporary works of art.
• Familiarity and comfort with art that can seem challenging and inaccessible.

The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    Future dates available soon. Please contact online@sothebysinstitute.com for more information.
  • Faculty

    Faculty

    Georgia Krantz
    PhD, ABD, Queen's University, Ontario; MA, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

    Georgia Krantz is an independent art historian and arts educator with a focus on 20th-century art. She has taught art history at the New School and Pratt Institute, and has worked as an educator and education consultant at numerous NYC institutions including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Jewish Museum, the International Center of Photography, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Krantz has extensive university and museum education experience. She currently teaches graduate studies at the Interactive Telecommunications Program and the Interactive Digital Media program at NYU.
  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    Week 1: Challenges to Painting: Minimalism and Conceptual Art

    • Introduction to Contemporary Art

    • Minimalism

    • Conceptual Art


    Week 2 Expanding Media: Earthworks and Performance Art

    • Ideas and Meaning in Performance Art

    • Actions, Happenings, Events and Situations

    • Time, Space, Bodies and Audiences

    • Feminism, Bodies and Performance Arts


    Week 3: Cultural Authority and Identity Politics - Strategies of Appropriation

    • Power, Identity and Appropriation

    • The Effect of Image Saturation on Society and Culture

    • The Collision of Media, Advertising, Mass Production and Art


    Week 4: The Art of the Participatory Engagement

    • Social Practice (community engagement)

    • Other Kinds of Social Practice (political interference/social awareness)

    • Artivism and Art Seeking Social Change


    Week 5: Globalization and the Arts

    • Contemporary Art in Dialogue with Tradition

    • Keeping and Losing Identity in a Global World

    • Power Relations

    • Portraying Nationalism


    Week 6: Art and Technology

    • Data Manipulation

    • DNA, Biohacking and the Individual

    • Resistance to New Technologies

  • Getting Started

    Getting Started

    SIA Online Community, our learning and networking space, opens two weeks before the course begins. This space provides you with an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the learning platform and to also introduce yourself to fellow students from around the world.
  • Course Fees And Enrollment

    Course Fees And Enrollment

    $1485
    Tuition includes 6 weeks of guidance from your instructor and an additional 90 days of read-only access to review course materials at your leisure.

    Enroll online today.
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  • Certificate Of Completion

    Certificate Of Completion

    For each course you successfully complete, you will receive a verified Certificate of Completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

    Our digital certificates allow you to share your new skills to various social media platforms, including LinkedIn. Successful completion is defined by each instructor in the course syllabus and consists, at the least, of regular, thoughtful participation in online activities and timely submission of assigned papers or projects.
  • Further Information

    Further Information

    Claire Hoover, Program Manager of Online Learning
    Email: online@sothebysinstitute.com, Tel: +1.212.897.6644
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