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  • Course Dates & Fees

    Course Dates & Fees

    January 26 - March 22, 2022
    Tuition includes eight weeks of instructor guidance and an additional 90 days to review the course at your leisure.
    We offer this online course throughout the year with sessions starting approximately every four months. Contact us for more information.
  • Getting Started & How It Works

    Getting Started & How It Works

    SIA Online Community, our learning and networking space, opens two weeks before the course begins. This space provides an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the learning platform and introduce yourself to fellow students from around the world.
    Visit our How It Works page to learn more about the online learning experience.
  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    Week 1: A Timeline of Art History

    • The Essential Chronology: From Cave Painting to Today

    • Identification of Key Periods and Movements in Arts

    • Considering Western Art History in the Broader Context of World-Wide Perspectives

    Week 2:  An Artist’s Choice of Materials

    • From Braque’s Collage to Duchamp’s Readymade Objects to Today

    • The Challenges and Opportunities Provided by a Range of Unusual Artistic Media and Surfaces

    Week 3: Issues of Representation                

    • Artistic Production and the Opposed Polarities of Abstraction and Realism

    • How to Build Confidence when Assessing Aesthetic Qualities

    Week 4: Beauty

    • The Rejection of Classical Beauty

    • Embracing the Conceptual Approaches

    • Does Ugliness Have a Value?

    Week 5: Power Matters

    • Everday Objects as Legitimate Works of Art

    • Power Relations

    • The Demise of History and the Emergence of Everyday Art

    Week 6: Engagement and Participation

    • New Conceptions of Engagement and Participation

    • Discovering Personal, Collective and Political Realities through Art

    Week 7: Gender Politics

    • Historic Gender Roles in Art

    • Focus on the Rise of Feminism, Queer Theory and the New Masculinities in Contemporary Art

    Week 8: The Question of Identity

    • Construction of Identities through the Process of Documentation and Juxtaposition

    • Discovering New Identities

    • How Can Contemporary Art Guide Our Understanding of Who We Are and Where We Are Going

  • Faculty


    Giovanni Aloi, Faculty, Online Courses
    Ph.D., M.A., Goldsmiths, University of London
    Dr. Giovanni Aloi is an art historian specializing in the history and theory of photography, representation of nature, and everyday objects in art. He has published with Columbia University Press, Phaidon, Laurence King, and Prestel and has been appointed co-editor of the University of Minnesota series Art after Nature. Since 2006, Dr. Aloi has been the Editor in Chief of Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture. He is a radio contributor and a regular public speaker at the Art Institute of Chicago and Tate Galleries in London. He has co-curated exhibits, including photography, digital, and time-based media. Aloi is a faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Sotheby’s Institute of Art New York where he lectures on the history of the art market and collecting.
  • Course Completion

    Course Completion

    For successfully completing this course, you receive a verified Certificate of Completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art as well as 4.9 IACET Continuing Education Units. *
    Our digital certificates allow you to share new skills with 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.
    *As an IACET Accredited Provider, Sotheby’s Institute of Art offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard.
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