Semester on Contemporary Art
Location: New York City, NY Experience Type: nycTRECs
Navigate New York’s art scene, intellectually and physically, negotiating subways and urban streets as you get up-close and personal with expressions of creative skill and imagination.
Fuel your passion for art through one-of-a-kind discussions with painters, sculptors, printmakers and photographers in their studios. Converse with critics and dealers in Chelsea galleries. Analyze works in cutting-edge museum exhibits.
Stretch your legs and your mind as you traverse the city’s public art sites. By semester’s end, your artistic passport will bear stamps from up-and-coming venues and iconic art centers such as:
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- The Guggenheim Museum
- The Whitney Museum of American Art
- The New Museum
- Storm King Art Center
- Dia Beacon
- Marian Goodman Gallery
- The Drawing Center
What does the New York art world teach us about the major movements and figures associated with the post-war period? How are contemporary artists expanding the definition of art? How are they changing processes and modes of making art? What are the relationships between theory and practice? What role do art critics, curators and historians play in mediating our experience of contemporary art?
You won’t just see art. You’ll live it. With each studio, gallery or museum visit, you will learn to place contemporary art in broader social, cultural and historical contexts.
Hone your art history background under the gaze of a Kandinsky or Pollock.
Grab a seat in a Brooklyn artist’s studio and be ready for a lively back and forth on everything from nature, to the self, from feminism to multiculturalism.
Complete an immersive experience for your Launch Plan and gain valuable transferable skills along the way. Knowing how to discuss and write confidently about art—remember, you’ll be learning from the pros—are assets in a broad array of career choices. Use the Art Semester as a springboard for a career in curation, preservation, or museum management, or graduate work in art history. Art and art history majors fulfill a major requirement with this nycTREC, but students from all majors are encouraged to apply.
The New York Semester on Contemporary Art offers students the unique and exciting opportunity to learn about the ongoing history of art since 1945 through the combination of reading, class presentation and discussion, and visits to artists’ studios, museum and gallery exhibitions and public art projects. By pursuing each of these paths of discovery students learn about the major movements associated with the postwar period (Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Feminist Art, and others) as well as overarching themes of expression (identity, for example), changing processes and modes of making, interpretive methodologies, expanding definitions of art, relationships between art theory and practice, and the roles of art institutions and cultural workers (critics, curators, historians) in mediating our experience of contemporary art. Amount of credit established at the time of registration.
- Have completed ARTH-306
- Drew student with junior or senior standing
- Be in good academic and disciplinary standing
|Sponsor:||Center for Global Education|
|Start Date:||Aug 29, 2022|
|End Date:||Dec 16, 2022|
|Apply By:||Mar 10, 2022|