Art History and Architecture

  • Affords Visits to NYC Museums and Galleries
  • Examines All Media
  • Explores Style, Movements, and Forms

These courses provide a forum for exploring the world of art—from ancient artifacts and ruins to contemporary painters and photographers. You will tour New York City’s renowned museums and galleries with art historians and museum professionals, as you develop an understanding of the history, cultural context, and aesthetics of art movements and trends.

This semester, study in-person or from anywhere in the world from the safety and comfort of your home through online or remote instruction.

Art and Archaeology of Pompeii and its Environs

Learn about art and daily life in Pompeii and the Vesuvian region through the latest archaeological discoveries

2023 Spring
1 section

Developing Connoisseurship: Learning to Look

Learn the art of connoisseurship, and gain an understanding of why one artist or painting is considered to be “better” than another.

2023 Spring
1 section

New York City Through the Lens of Iconic Photographers

Explore the photographic history of New York City through the eyes of famous photographers

2023 Spring
1 section

Art After 2/24/22: Ukraine, Russia, and the World

Explore the modern and contemporary art movements of Ukraine and Russia.

2023 Spring
1 section

Art Deco New York Architecture: Exploring the Jazz-Age Metropolis

Explore New York City’s art deco architecture through Zoom lectures and guided walks.

2023 Spring
2 sections

Buddhism Illuminated: Illuminated Manuscripts from Southeast Asia

Discover the vibrant and beautiful art of Buddhist Southeast Asia through ancient manuscript illustrations.

2023 Spring
1 section

How to Be Modern: From Paris to New York and Beyond

Examine modernism’s myriad styles and forms, as well as its diverse, shifting attitudes toward society and the mainstream.

2023 Spring
1 section

Marketing and Community Engagement for the Arts

Learn what a nonprofit arts manager must know about the business of marketing the visual and performing arts.

2023 Spring
1 section
2022 Fall
1 section

Plein Air Painting From Turner to Marin

Explore open air paintings and sketches by famous artists.

2023 Spring
1 section

Sculpture Through the Ages: Depictions of the Human Body

Explore how artists from the Paleolithic age to the 21st century depicted the human form through sculpture.

2023 Spring
1 section

The Female Gaze: The Story of Women in Art

Explore the stories and art of famous women artists.

2023 Spring
1 section

The New York Art Scene

Explore New York City’s museums and galleries virtually to gain insight into the meaning of and inspiration for today’s art.

2022 Fall
+ 1 more semester
4 sections

21st Century Saudi Arabia: The Politics of Cultural Heritage Preservation

Explore the archeological sites of Saudi Arabia and their role in Saudi Arabia’s tourism industry today.

2023 Spring
1 section

A History of Interiors: From Classical to Contemporary Design

Learn about the history of interior design and its evolution over time.

2023 Spring
1 section

Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece

Explore the art and architecture of ancient Greece and key moments in Greek art and culture

2022 Fall
1 section

Painting Sound: The Intersection of Art and Music

Explore the relationship between fine art and music from the Romantic era to modern times.

2022 Fall
1 section

Painting the Cote d'Azur

Explore the art and beauty of the Cote D’Azur in France and how it inspired the world’s great artists.

2022 Fall
1 section

The Spiritual in Modern and Contemporary Art

Explore the spiritual roots and dimensions of modern and contemporary art

2022 Fall
1 section

What Is American in American Art: 1775-1925

This course surveys American art, including paintings, drawings, and sculpture, from 1775 to 1925.

2022 Fall
1 section

Words in Place: Architecture and Typography

Explore the history of typography as it relates to architecture

2022 Fall
2 sections

Antique Skyscrapers and the Tycoons Who Built Them

Tour landmark skyscrapers across America and learn about the Gilded Age barons who funded their construction.

2022 Fall
1 section

20th Century American Art: From Rauschenberg to Asawa

Learn about the artistic movement inspired by Black Mountain College in North Carolina and the experimental school’s impact on famous artists.

A Glorious Century of Women Photographers: 1920s to Now

Learn about how women helped shape modern photography from the 1920’s to the present day.

Art Deco and Beyond: Architecture 1920-1950

Explore Art Deco and the other architectural styles of the early 20th century.

Art Styles Through the Ages

Develop your eye for and your understanding of painting, sculpture, and architecture by building a foundation in the history of art.

Celtic Art: From the Iron Age to the 20th Century

Discover the rich artistic traditions of the Celts.

Friendly Rivals: Matisse and Picasso

Explore the unique relationship between Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso alongside the MoMA exhibition ”Henri Matisse: The Red Studio”

From Opulence to Nirvana: Buddhist Masterpieces from across Asia

Explore Buddhist masterpieces across Asia from the 2nd century BCE to today.
 

German Art: From Impressionism to the Bauhaus

Learn about key German artists from 1880 to 1945 and their contribution to artistic movements, from impressionism to the Bauhaus.

Islamic Art History

Join us for a visual journey into the riches of the arts of the Islamic world.

KaBoom: Discombobulation in the Art Market

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the changing contemporary art market from the consultant for the bestselling book...

Realizing Their Dreams: Surrealism and Its Women Artists

Gain a fresh perspective on Surrealism through the significant role that women artists played in the movement.

Seeing Red: A History of the Color Red in Art

Explore the history of the color Red and its influence on art

The Art of Drawing: From Da Vinci to Degas

Explore the art of drawing through the works of famous...

The New American Sublime: The Art of Light and Space

Explore the Light and Space movement of the 1960s and learn about notable American artists from James Turell to Helen Pashgian. 

We'll Always Have Paris: 20th Century French Art as Seen by Great Americans

Explore Paris’s influence on notable American artists, poets, writers, collectors, and composers. 

Women in Abstract Expressionism: Joan Mitchell

Explore the work and impact of Abstract Expressionist artist Joan Mitchell.

A History of New York City

Gain an understanding of the history of New York City, including politics, finance, architecture, and arts, from its Native American roots to today.

Afrofuturism

Explore the genre of afrofuturism through literature, shows, and films including Get Out and Black Panther.