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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.

Ancient and Islamic Jewelry

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

2020 Fall
1 section

Art Shaping the American Identity

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

2020 Fall
1 section

Connoisseurship: Behind the Scenes

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

2020 Fall
1 section

Great Architecture of 20th-Century New York

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

2020 Fall
1 section

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

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

2020 Fall
1 section

Pivotal Early Works by Great Artists

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

2020 Fall
2 sections

Saints in Medieval Art

Explore depictions of saints in art and architecture.

2020 Fall
1 section

The Feminine in Art

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

2020 Fall
1 section

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.

2020 Fall
1 section

Islamic Art History: A Focus on Cairo

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

2020 Fall
1 section

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.

2020 Fall
1 section

The Art Market: New Realities and New Strategies

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

2020 Fall
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.

2020 Fall
1 section

Friendships and Rivalries in Modern Art

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

2020 Fall
1 section

The Art Scene

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

2020 Fall
1 section

The Bauhaus: Modernism in Art, Architecture, and Design

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

2020 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.

2020 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.

2020 Fall
1 section

Contemporary Architecture, 1990 to Present

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

2020 Fall
1 section

American Architecture and Urbanism

Explore 400-plus years of urban and suburban architecture in the United States.

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

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

Art and Architecture of the Ancient Roman City

Explore art and architecture of and learn about daily life in ancient Rome.

German Art: From Postwar to Now

Learn about important art movements and artists in Germany from 1945 to today.

Historic Gathering Places of the Avant-Garde

Explore the legendary salons, coffeehouses, cabarets, and clubs frequented by important artists and writers of the 20th century.

Imagining the East: From Architecture to the Decorative Arts

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

Islamic Art History

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

Modernism: From Expressionism and Fauvism to Abstract Expressionism

Explore major movements that defined and shaped art in the 20th century and still influence art produced today.

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

Follow art deco’s impact on Manhattan architecture, from south to north, through a series of walking tours.

The Contemporary Art World

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

The Final Years: Significant Late Works by Great Artists

Explore the final works of the world’s great artists and the practice of making art in advanced age.

The History of Interiors: From Classical to Contemporary Design

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

The Met at 150

In honor of its 150th anniversary, learn about the history of The Metropolitan Museum of Art from its founding in 1870 to present day.

The Russian Century: Art from 1917 to 2017

Explore the history of Russian art from the avant-garde movement of the early 20th century to the nonconformist art of the later Soviet era.

The Six-Hour Art Major

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

Velázquez, Rembrandt, Vermeer: The Golden Age of Painting

Learn about the artistic achievements of Spain and the Netherlands and discover unexpected affinities among its legendary artists.

Visions of New York: Art from the Colonial Era to Today

Explore New York’s history through art from its colonial beginnings to the 20th century.

Contemporary Photography: From Andreas Gursky to Annie Leibovitz

Learn about prominent contemporary photographers and their stylistic approaches to depicting fashion, nudes, architecture, and scenes from daily life.

Preservation Planning and Practice

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

Reading and Interpreting Construction Documents: Architectural

Learn the fundamentals of reading construction documents, as well as specific symbols and features used in architectural construction documents.

Themes in 20th-Century NYC Cultural History

Explore New York City’s cultural history from the 1910s to the 1970s through art, literature, and architecture.

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.