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History of Art in New York City from Colonial Times to the Present Day

Register for Section 1 (in-person) or Section 2 (online) of this Spring 2024 course on the new NYU SPS Academy of Lifelong Learning website .
We take for granted that New York is one of the most important artistic centers of the world. For many New Yorkers, the arts are New York’s reason for being. We worry that rising rents spell doom for the arts in New York. This course will look at the history of all this. When, how, and why did New York take its place beside Paris as a global capital of art? Who was the city’s first artist? How have art and real estate affected each other through history? Our focus will be painters and sculptors (with a few exceptions), and we will look at works created in the city, from the Hudson River School (many of those stunning canvases were painted in lower Manhattan) to the Ashcan School to the Abstract Expressionists and beyond.  Spring 2024 tuition is $649.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Knowledge about important artists and artworks from New York
  • An understanding of how New York came to be a global capital of Art

Ideal for

  • Art enthusiasts
  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in between
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.