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.
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.Read More
Week 1: Understand the role of minimalism and conceptual art in sculpture.
Week 2: Explore and interpret meaning in performance art.
Week 3: Examine strategies of appropriation and media influences on art.
Week 4: Understand methods of activist art and participatory engagement.
Week 5: Explore globalization and dialogue between traditional and contemporary art.
Week 6: Discover the intersection of art and technology.
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.
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.