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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.

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

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.

2022 Spring
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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.

2022 Spring
1 section

Art Deco and Beyond: Architecture 1920-1950

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

2022 Spring
1 section

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.

2022 Spring
1 section

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

Discover the rich artistic traditions of the Celts.

2022 Spring
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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.

2022 Spring
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Islamic Art History

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

2022 Spring
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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. 

2022 Spring
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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 Spring
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Women in Abstract Expressionism: Joan Mitchell

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

2022 Spring
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A History of Interiors: From Classical to Modernism

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

2022 Spring
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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.

2022 Spring
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Afrofuturism

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

2022 Spring
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Behind the Scenes in New York: Preserving a City of Historic Neighborhoods

Gain a community-based view of how neighborhoods use the New York City Landmarks Law to determine the future of their communities.

2022 Spring
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Changing Standards in Historic Preservation

This course examines what we seek to preserve and why, including the ever-changing standards in historic preservation.

2022 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.

2022 Spring
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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. 

2022 Spring
1 section

Art Here, Art There: Detroit, Chicago, and Mexico City

Travel virtually to different cities around the world to learn about contemporary art

Art Here, Art There: London, Brussels, Berlin

Travel virtually to different cities around the world to learn about contemporary art

Art Here, Art There: Los Angeles, Capetown, Dubai

Travel virtually to different cities around the world to learn about contemporary art

Art Here, Art There: Zurich, Berlin, St. Petersburg

Travel virtually to different cities around the world to learn about contemporary art

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

Artists of the Woodstock Artists Association

Explore the history and influence of the Woodstock Artists Association

Dishing More Dirt on Artists

Learn about artists’ lives and famous artworks in this entertaining trip through art history.

From Rembrandt to Richter: A Million-Dollar Odyssey

Go behind the scenes and learn secrets about the legendary Rembrandt to Richter auction at Sotheby’s.

Imagining the East: From Architecture to the Decorative Arts

Explore Middle Eastern influences on fine art, decorative art, and architecture.

Islamic Jewelry Designs: From Cordoba to Cartier

Explore the influence of Islamic art on jewelry from the 7th century until today.

New York City Through the Lens of Iconic Photographers

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

Splendid Spaces: Artist-Created Environments

 Explore innovative gardens, sculpture parks, outdoor installations, monuments, and land artworks created by famous artists

The Art of Presentation: Portraits of (Famous) Women

Explore how artists have depicted women in art, from Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa to contemporary photography.

The Color Blue in Art

What would art be without color? Blue--the celestial, the nautical, the divine, the royal, the spiritual color, precious and rare--always had a...

The Life of the Buddha: An Introduction to Indian Buddhist Art

Explore the life of the Buddha and gain a foundation in Buddhist Art

The Modern City: Art in New York, 1900-1950

Take a fresh look at New York City through the eyes of America’s greatest artists.

The Radical Strangeness of Philip Guston

Explore the work and life of Philip Guston in advance of his controversial retrospective Philip Guston Now.

The World of Henri Matisse

Henri Matisse, a master colorist and one of the most important French Modernists, created amazing worlds in different styles. He was an...

Turning Points: Epiphanies That Transformed Art

Learn about the epiphanies that informed the great masterpieces of modern art

Unrecognized: Early Abstract Art by Women

Explore the lives and work of important women abstract artists

Watercolors in the 19th and 20th Centuries

In the late 19th century, watercolor became prevalent as a medium that artists employed to create luminous plein-air sketches, preparatory...

Islamic Art History: A Focus on Cairo

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

Women Designers of the 20th and 21st Centuries

Explore the work of women designers during the 20th and 21st centuries

Preservation Planning and Practice

Receive a comprehensive introduction to preservation planning in New York City.

Understanding Traditional Architecture

Learn to identify architectural styles, to put a rough date on any building you see in New York, and to name the parts and details of buildings.