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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.

Architects Who Shaped the Decorative Arts

Learn about the influence and contributions of famous architects to furniture design and the decorative arts.

2019 Spring
1 section

Art Styles Through the Ages

Develop your eye for and your understanding of painting, sculpture, and architecture—and build a foundation in the history of art.

2018 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Contemporary Architecture, 1990 to Present

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

2018 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

German Art: From Postwar to Now

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

2019 Spring
1 section

Inside "Outsider Art": New Collectors, New Exhibits

Learn about the mixed-media movement of “outsider art”—its history, influences, artists, and presence in New York collections.

2019 Spring
1 section

Maternity, Motherhood, and Childcare in Art and History

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.

2019 Spring
1 section

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.

2018 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

The Bauhaus: Modernism in Art, Architecture, and Design

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

2019 Spring
1 section

The Six-Hour Art Major

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

2019 Spring
1 section

What Is American in American Art: 1775-1875

This course provides a survey of American art, including paintings, drawings, and sculpture, from 1775 to 1875.

2019 Spring
1 section

What Is American in American Art: 1875-1925

This course surveys American art, including paintings, drawings, and sculpture, from 1875 to 1925.

2019 Spring
1 section

Fashion in Museums

Examine the suitability of fashion in museums by studying historic fashion exhibitions and taking guided tours of select fashion exhibits in New York.

2019 Spring
1 section

Islamic Art History: A Focus on Cairo

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

2019 Spring
1 section

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.

2019 Spring
2 sections

Art in the Public Domain

Learn about important examples of public art in New York City and about the process behind selecting, creating, and managing these works.

2018 Fall
+ 1 more semester
2 sections

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo: Icons of Modern Mexican Art

Track the lives and works of this most extraordinary couple, as well as their intense engagement in art, politics, and personal exploration.

2019 Spring
1 section

From Impressionism to Modernism: The Making of the Modern Art Market

Look at the intersections of history and art history from the 1870s to WWII that reveal the origins of impressionism and modernism.

2019 Spring
1 section

Manhattan History: Post-Revolutionary War to World War I

Catch the excitement of 19th-century New York City in this course, which features four illustrated lectures and four walking tours.

2019 Spring
1 section

New York's Great Structures: Buildings, Bridges, Tunnels, and More

Through lectures and at least two walking tours, take a look at the best—and worst—of some quintessentially New York structures.

2019 Spring
1 section

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.

2019 Spring
1 section

The Art Market: How It Works (The Unvarnished Truth)

Explore the size of each sector of the global art market, dissect the processes used in each, and examine how business is conducted.

2019 Spring
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.

2019 Spring
1 section

Americans in Paris

This course celebrates a distinguished group of 20th-century American artists, writers, and musicians who made Paris their adoptive home.

2018 Fall
1 section

Developing Connoisseurship: Learning to Look

Learn the art of connoisseurship, and gain an understanding of why one artist or painting is considered to be “better” than another.

2018 Fall
1 section

Forging a National Identity: American Art and Architecture from Independence to the Civil War

This course introduces major works and themes of American art, from the nation’s independence to the Civil War.

2018 Fall
2 sections

In Praise of Painting: Dutch Masterpieces at The Met

Explore masterpieces from the Dutch Golden Age in conjunction with a new exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

2018 Fall
1 section

Islamic Art History

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

2018 Fall
1 section

Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy, and the Avant-Garde

Explore the artistic legacy of the most famous couples in modern art.

2019 Spring
1 section

The Contemporary Art World

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

2018 Fall
+ 1 more semester
4 sections

Touched by Fire: Van Gogh's Passion

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.

2019 Spring
1 section

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.

2018 Fall
1 section

New York City Real Estate: A Social and Architectural History

Learn about the best and the meanest of New York City housing history, from tenements to Billionaires’ Row.

2018 Fall
1 section

Religion and Architecture in New York City

Explore how religion has impacted the history of New York City and the role of religion in the City today.

2019 Spring
1 section

Art of the American Black Experience: From Reconstruction to the Harlem Renaissance

Trace the history of African American experience from Reconstruction through the Harlem Renaissance by studying the art of these eras.

1 section

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.

2018 Fall
1 section

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.

2018 Fall
1 section

The Philosophy of Art

Explore timeless questions about art from a philosophical perspective: What is the significance of art? How is it meant to be understood?

2018 Fall
1 section

Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Minimalism

Explore the art and artists from the post-World War II movements of abstract expressionism, pop art, and minimalism.

An Introduction to Islamic Art and Architecture

Trace the history of art and architecture of the Islamic world, from Spain to Southeast Asia.

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.

Art Styles Through the Ages: Baroque Art Through the 20th Century

Develop an eye for, and an understanding of, painting, sculpture, and architecture from the baroque era through the 20th century.

Art Styles Through the Ages: Cave Art Through Renaissance Art

Develop an eye for, and understanding of, painting, sculpture, and architecture, and build a foundation in art history through the Renaissance.

Asian Fine and Decorative Art: An Introduction

Study the history of Asian art, with a focus on periods and styles important for identifying works frequently found in museums and the marketplace.

Demystifying the Landmarks Process

Gain an overview of how buildings are designated as landmarks and how the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s application process works.

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.

Madame de Pompadour at the Court of Versailles

Explore the life of Madame de Pompadour, who managed to hold one of the most influential court positions at Versailles for close to two decades.

NYC Image Makers: New York's Most Influential Architects of the 19th Century

Become familiar with the leading architects and architectural masterpieces of 19th-century New York City, including City Hall and Trinity Church.

Persian Painting

Learn about Persian painting by exploring the history and aesthetics of the miniature painting traditions from Iran, Central Asia, India, and Turkey.

Preservation Planning and Practice

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

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.

What Is "Appropriate"? Changing Standards in Preservation

Learn how the Landmarks Law redefines areas by protecting their historic elements while still allowing for new construction and modifications.

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.

Vienna 1900: Art, Architecture, and Turn-of-the-20th-Century Culture

Become familiar with the spirit of the Secession Movement and explore the culture of fin-de-siècle Vienna.