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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.

Contemporary Architecture, 1990 to Present

Explore the most important developments in architecture since the 1990s—ideas, ideologies, projects, buildings, and cities.

2018 Spring
1 section

From Blake to Ernst: Symbols in 19th- and 20th-Century Art

Gain a new level of appreciation and understanding of modern art through the study of symbols.

2018 Spring
1 section

Inside "Outsider Art"

Learn about the mixed-media movement of “outsider art”—its history, influences, artists, and presence in New York collections.

2018 Spring
1 section

Persian Painting

Learn about Persian painting by exploring the history and aesthetics of the miniature painting traditions from Iran, Central Asia, India, and Turkey.

2018 Spring
1 section

The Six-Hour Art Major

Learn about studio art techniques, art history, and art appreciation in this concentrated seminar.

2018 Spring
1 section

Touched by Fire: Van Gogh's Passion

Learn about van Gogh’s life, and discover the work of a self-taught artist who reached toward a world he could not hold but loved nonetheless.

2018 Spring
1 section

Vienna 1900: Artistic Modernism and the Austro-Hungarian Empire

Explore the history of modernism’s fascinating artistic ferment and experimentation in Vienna and throughout the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

2018 Spring
1 section

Women Artists at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Consider the important contributions of women artists in Western art, with a focus on the Met’s collection of art by women.

2018 Spring
1 section

Art Styles Through the Ages

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

2018 Spring
1 section

The Art Scene

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

2018 Spring
1 section

Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Minimalism

Explore the art and artists from the post-World War II movements of abstract expressionism, pop art, and minimalism.

2018 Spring
2 sections

The Contemporary Art World

Visit the most important exhibits currently showing in New York and develop an understanding of the aesthetics of modern art.

2018 Spring
2 sections

The Bauhaus: Modernism in Art, Architecture, and Design

Explore the historical, aesthetic, and ideological background of the Bauhaus.

2018 Spring
1 section

Cairo: Medieval to Modern

Explore the history, architecture, and artistic importance of Cairo, Egypt.

2018 Spring
1 section

Americans in Paris

This course celebrates a distinguished group of 20th-century American artists, writers, and musicians who made Paris their adoptive home.

Art Since 1945: What You Need to Know

Delve into the postwar American and international art movements and learn about their formal concerns, vocabulary, and most influential artists.

Art and Architecture of Morocco and Muslim Spain

Explore the art and architecture of Morocco and southern Spain, formed by a fusion of Berber, Arab, Portuguese, French, Roman, and Spanish culture.

Art and Spirituality: From Cave Paintings to Picasso

Explore the relationship between art and spirituality, including in modern art by 20th-century masters.

European Art Between the Wars: 1918-1940

Immerse yourself in the divergent styles that developed in European art between the world wars, as well as the flourishing architecture and design.

Figurative Expressionists of the New York School

Get an inside look at the development of figurative expressionism of the New York School under the guidance of Dr. George Nelson Preston.

From Duccio to de Kooning at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Journey through the Met Museum and explore the late medieval art world, religious controversy and commerce in baroque art, and the Dutch golden age.

Islamic Cultural History: Music, Literature, and Dance

Explore the cultural history of the Islamic world by examining its literature, music, dance, and art.

Masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Learn about and discuss major works of art in the Met Museum within the contexts of symbolism, individual expression, and changing styles.

New Acquisitions at the Met

This course surveys notable recent additions to The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection.

New York in the Jazz Age, Part II: Art Deco Architecture from Wall Street to Washington Heights

Follow art deco’s impact on Manhattan architecture, from its southern tip to its northern extreme, through a series of walking tours.

New York in the Jazz Age: Art Deco Architecture from Tribeca to the Upper West Side

Through five walking tours, trace the influence of the brash new style of art deco as it transformed 1920s New York City into a modern metropolis.

Photography: The "New" Fine Art

Learn more about photography as an important art form, including its history and the “masters” of photography and their iconic images.

The Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright

Explore the changing nature of Frank Lloyd Wright’s styles, and learn about the wide-ranging sources of his inspiration.

Tracing the History of Contemporary Architecture

Examine examples of new architecture and then trace the origins of these examples to earlier 20th-century movements.