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.
Explore masterpieces from the Dutch Golden Age in conjunction with a new exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Learn about the mixed-media movement of “outsider art”—its history, influences, artists, and presence in New York collections.
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.
Learn about the historical contexts and events that spurred revolution in art, music, and literature in New York and Paris in the 1870s and 1910s.
Explore collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, with a focus on the artistic and cultural contribution of people of color.
Explore the history of modernism’s fascinating artistic ferment and experimentation in Vienna and throughout the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Learn about significant women artists from the Renaissance in Europe through the 19th century in the United States.
Learn about the artistic legacy of the Hudson Valley, examining the formation of an American awareness that is simultaneously probing and hopeful.
Learn about prominent contemporary photographers and the stylistic approaches they use to depict portraits, landscape, still life, and street scenes.
This course covers art, architecture, politics, planning, and urban technology in London, Paris, and New York in the 20th century.
View the history of cityscape art, from Bellini’s paintings to Wiltshire’s drawings, including the great tradition of urban printmaking.
Develop an eye for, and an understanding of, painting, sculpture, and architecture from the baroque era through the 20th century.
Develop an eye for, and understanding of, painting, sculpture, and architecture, and build a foundation in art history through the Renaissance.
Mediterranean Encounters: The Byzantine, Islamic, and Northern European Influence on the Art and Architecture of Sicily
Explore the multicultural history, art, and architecture of Sicily.
Explore the size of each sector of the global art market, dissect the processes used in each, and examine how business is conducted.
Learn about the looting of art from Jewish artists, dealers, collectors, and regular people during World War II and subsequent restitution efforts.
Follow art deco’s impact on Manhattan architecture, from its southern tip to its northern extreme, through a series of walking tours.
Explore art history through the written works of famous authors and critics.
Survey American art, including paintings, drawings, and sculpture, from 1925 to 1975.
Survey American art, including paintings, drawings, and sculpture, from 1975 to the present.
This course celebrates a distinguished group of 20th-century American artists, writers, and musicians who made Paris their adoptive home.
Learn about the influence and contributions of famous architects to furniture design and the decorative arts.
Trace the history of African American experience from Reconstruction through the Harlem Renaissance by studying the art of these eras.
Learn about important art movements and artists in Germany from 1945 to today.
Explore how maternity is portrayed in art and how art reflects the evolution of the role and status of the mother in various cultures over time.
Explore the artistic legacy of the most famous couples in modern art.
Explore the historical, aesthetic, and ideological background of the Bauhaus.
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.
Learn how the Landmarks Law redefines areas by protecting their historic elements while still allowing for new construction and modifications.
This course provides a survey of American art, including paintings, drawings, and sculpture, from 1775 to 1875.
This course surveys American art, including paintings, drawings, and sculpture, from 1875 to 1925.
Explore the history, architecture, and artistic importance of Cairo.
Gain an understanding of the history of New York City, including politics, finance, architecture, and arts, from its Native American roots to today.
Learn about important examples of public art in New York City and about the process behind selecting, creating, and managing these works.
Track the lives and works of this most extraordinary couple, as well as their intense engagement in art, politics, and personal exploration.
Look at the intersections of history and art history from the 1870s to WWII that reveal the origins of impressionism and modernism.
Catch the excitement of 19th-century New York City in this course, which features four illustrated lectures and four walking tours.
Learn about the best and the meanest of New York City housing history, from tenements to Billionaires’ Row.
Through lectures and at least two walking tours, take a look at the best—and worst—of some quintessentially New York structures.
Explore how art has been used as propaganda from early Greece to the United States in the 20th century.
Explore timeless questions about art from a philosophical perspective: What is the significance of art? How is it meant to be understood?