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

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

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

2021 Fall
1 section

Art Here, Art There: London, Brussels, Berlin

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

2021 Fall
1 section

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

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

2021 Fall
1 section

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

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

2021 Fall
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.

2021 Summer
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

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

2021 Fall
1 section

Artists of the Woodstock Artists Association

Explore the history and influence of the Woodstock Artists Association

2021 Fall
1 section

Dishing More Dirt on Artists

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

2021 Fall
1 section

Islamic Jewelry Designs: From Cordoba to Cartier

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

2021 Fall
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

2021 Fall
1 section

Splendid Spaces: Artist-Created Environments

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

2021 Fall
1 section

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...

2021 Fall
1 section

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

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

2021 Fall
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.

2021 Summer
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

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...

2021 Fall
1 section

Turning Points: Epiphanies That Transformed Art

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

2021 Fall
1 section

Unrecognized: Early Abstract Art by Women

Explore the lives and work of important women abstract artists

2021 Fall
1 section

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...

2021 Fall
1 section

Islamic Art History: A Focus on Cairo

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

2021 Fall
1 section

Women Designers of the 20th and 21st Centuries

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

2021 Fall
1 section

Changing Standards in Historic Preservation

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

2021 Fall
1 section

Preservation Planning and Practice

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

2021 Fall
1 section

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.

2021 Summer
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

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.

2021 Summer
1 section

It Couldn't Have Happened Without Them: Women Who Shaped the Course of Modern Art

Learn about the women directors, collectors, and patrons who helped to shape modern art.

2021 Summer
1 section

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.

2021 Summer
1 section

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.

2021 Summer
1 section

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.

2021 Summer
1 section

Artists of Black Mountain College: From Merce Cunningham to the de Koonings

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

2021 Summer
1 section

Imagining the East: From Architecture to the Decorative Arts

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

2021 Summer
1 section

Islamic Art History

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

2021 Summer
1 section

The Radical Strangeness of Philip Guston

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

2021 Summer
1 section

Understanding the Art Market: Will Art Survive?

Gain an understanding of how the global art market operates and examine how business is conducted.

2021 Summer
1 section

American Women Artists: The Rise to Professionalism, 1845-1945

Explore the art and careers of extraordinary American women artists from 1845 to 1945.

Ancient and Islamic Jewelry

Explore the history of jewelry, from Neolithic times to the Persian shahs of the 20th century.

Art Deco New York: Architects in Their Own Words

Learn about art deco architecture in New York City with an insider’s look at the work of three architects.

Art Shaping the American Identity

Explore American art from the colonial era to the 20th century.

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.

Connoisseurship: Behind the Scenes

Deepen your knowledge of the art world by exploring the physical qualities of artworks and famous art scams.

Contemporary Architecture, 1990 to Present

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

Contemporary Figurative Painting: From Lynette Yiadom-Boakye to Luc Tuymans and Kerry James Marshall

Get to know the artists who are leading today’s figurative painting movement.

Contemporary Photography: From Markus Brunetti to Mickalene Thomas

Learn about prominent contemporary photographers and the stylistic approaches they use to depict the human body, architecture, and other subjects.

Dishing the Dirt on Artists: From Renaissance to Modern Art

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

Forever Young: Great Artists Who Left Us Prematurely

Explore the masterpieces, legacies, and mysteries of famous artists who died young.

Friendships and Rivalries in Modern Art

Explore the roles that friendship and rivalry had in inspiring modern art’s greatest masterpieces.

Frozen Time: The Art of Still Life

Explore the development of the still life genre and some of history’s greatest still life masterpieces.

Great Architecture of 20th-Century New York

Explore important architectural styles and buildings of 20th-century New York City.

Monet's Cities: Paris, London, Venice, and Giverny

Explore Monet’s art and the locations that inspired him.

Nazi-Looted Art

Learn about the systematic looting of art by Nazis across Europe from 1933 to 1945, especially of Jewish collections as a mechanism of persecution.

Pivotal Early Works by Great Artists

Explore the early works of famous artists that would change art history.

Rembrandt, van Gogh, Kahlo: Masters of Self-Examination

Explore the art of self-portraiture through the works of Rembrandt van Rijn, Vincent van Gogh, and Frida Kahlo.

Saints in Medieval Art

Explore depictions of saints in art and architecture.

Surrealism: The Women Artists of Mexico and Latin America

Learn about the surrealist women artists of Latin America and their impact on 20th-century art.

The Bauhaus: Modernism in Art, Architecture, and Design

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

The Feminine in Art

Explore how societies perceive women, maternity, and motherhood through art.

The History of Interiors: From Classical to Contemporary Design

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

Venice Through the Eyes of Artists

Explore Venice through the eyes of the famous artists who lived and visited there.

Women Artists from the Renaissance to the Pre-Raphaelites

Learn about notable women artists from the Renaissance to the Pre-Raphaelites.

Seeing Things Our Way: Art as Propaganda

Explore how art has been used as propaganda from early Greece to the United States in the 20th century.

The Art and Architecture of Sicily: Byzantine, Islamic, and Northern European Influences

Explore the multicultural history, art, and architecture of Sicily.

The Changing City: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

In eight illustrated lectures, see how New York neighborhoods change with the times, and how the look of the City itself changes.