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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.

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.

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Art Styles Through the Ages

Survey painting, sculpture, architecture, and prints—and build a foundation in art history.

2017 Summer
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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.

2017 Summer
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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.

2017 Summer
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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.

2017 Summer
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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.

2017 Summer
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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.

2017 Summer
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Tracing the History of Contemporary Architecture

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

2017 Summer
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An Introduction to Abstract Art

Explore masters and movements of abstract art, including postimpressionism, fauvism, cubism, futurism, abstract expressionism, and minimalism.

Architecture of Islam

Gain an introduction to the major forms of architecture that developed in the Islamic world.

Art and Architecture of Islamic India

Trace the history of Islam in India through the majestic art and architecture of the Muslim dynasties.

Art of the Afro-Atlantic: From Eeckhout to the Present

Consider the making of an Afro-Atlantic art/ethos by examining specific artwork and the art of selected emissaries of a Black Atlantic consciousness.

Biblical Storytelling Through Art

Take a visual journey through stories of the Old and New Testaments that are frequently depicted in art.

Contemporary Architecture, 1990-2015

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

Cutting-Edge Camera Art: Pop to the Present

Find out why camera art continues to shatter auction records by surveying cutting-edge work by legendary photographers, from both past and present.

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.

From the Kouros to Jackson Pollock: Exploring Human Emotion in Art

Explore art in the Western tradition through guided discussions at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Great Architecture of the World

Learn about the great monuments of the world, including the history, cultures, and personages surrounding these buildings.

Historical Architecture of Lower Manhattan

Examine important buildings from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries in New York City’s Civic Center and Financial District in Lower Manhattan.

Impressionism and Postimpressionism: Monet to van Gogh

Study the artists of impressionism and postimpressionism, and examine the expression and depiction in their artwork.

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.

Matisse, Picasso, and the Avant-Garde, 1900-1914

Explore the work of Matisse and Picasso, as well as the beginnings of abstract art and the development of German expressionism and Italian futurism.

New York as the Subject Matter for Great Art

Explore 20th-century depictions of New York City created by artists from precisionists to abstract expressionists.

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.

Signs and Symbols: Reading Art

Explore the content and use of signs and symbols in art, and understand how they can open up entirely new levels of meaning and interpretation.

Splendid Legacies: Private Art Collections at the Met

This course is a study of some of the great private art collections that have been bequeathed to the Met Museum over the years.

The Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Painting in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

At the Met, study some of the finest paintings produced during the Dutch Golden Age, including masterpieces by Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer.

The Bauhaus: Modernism in Art, Architecture, and Design

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

The Contemporary Art World

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

Understanding Modern Architecture: A Historical and Practical Survey

Learn about the advent of modern architecture, as well as the concepts and vocabulary crucial to understanding its architects and buildings.

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.

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.