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Introduction to Contemporary Art


Introduction to Contemporary Art

As contemporary art continues to evolve and challenge, it finds new ways to engage the viewer.

Introduction to Contemporary Art provides students with a roadmap for understanding contemporary art by examining critical works by artists including Donald Judd, Barbara Kruger, Tania Bruguera, Kara Walker, Julio Delgado, 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 carefully studying the context of contemporary art, students 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, students will have acquired a comfort level with artworks that might have previously seemed challenging or inaccessible.

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  • Date
    May 8 - June 18
  • Duration
    6 Weeks
  • Type
    Flexible Course
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  • Topics
    • Contemporary Art
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  • Contact Admissions 646-438-7268


Georgia Krantz

Adjunct Faculty, Online

Georgia Krantz is an art historian with a focus on modern and contemporary art. She has taught at the New School and Pratt Institute as well as the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Jewish Museum, the International Center of Photography and other New York City institutions. She currently teaches graduate studies at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at Tisch/NYU. Krantz is also involved professionally in art education for people with disabilities, specializing in teaching people who are blind about art.

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  • About Flexible Courses

    About Flexible Courses

    This flexible online course is delivered in weekly modules consisting of recorded lectures, instructor-guided discussion boards, and supplementary resources. The course will include a final project with personalized feedback from the course instructor. All participants will have read-only access to the course materials for an additional 90 days after the course end date.

    Review the online course Terms and Conditions.

  • Students Will Learn

    Students Will Learn

    • To identify and define the historical and societal factors which influenced the radical creative initiatives of the Twentieth Century.
    • To identify and evaluate important works that represent significant moments in the development of Contemporary Art.
    • To view, understand, assess, and critique contemporary works of art.
  • 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 2.5 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.