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For students who have a basic understanding of contemporary art and artists, this course offers the opportunity to look more closely at how we have come to explain the nature of the contemporary today. You will begin by defining and exploring the foundations of contemporary artistic practice. Through lectures and online discussion, the course will consider the nature of the medium in contemporary art, the relationships between historical practices and current art-making, as well as performance art, sculpture, contemporary pop, and globalization. You will also actively participate in reading and analyzing texts with your classmates, including articles by leading critical thinkers in contemporary art such as Hal Foster and Douglas Crimp. In addition to exploring these concepts you will dig more deeply into some of contemporary art’s leading lights as well as some artists that are emerging onto the scene.

By the end of this course:

  • You will identify the most significant styles and themes of contemporary art.
  • You will become familiar with the work of the most important and critically acclaimed artists of the period.
  • You will discuss works of art using the key critical ideas of the period.
The Details
  • Course Dates

    Course Dates

    January 17 - February 27, 2017

    Online orientation opens on January 10, 2017.
  • Faculty


    Victoria Miguel
    MA (Hons), University of Edinburgh; MA, New School University, New York

    Victoria Miguel is a Scottish writer based in London. She has written about art and music for newspapers and journals and was one of the founding faculty for the MA in Contemporary Art program at Sotheby’s Institute in New York. Miguel developed and taught Museum Curating Now: Behind the Scenes at Tate in collaboration with Tate Modern's Public Programs team and the Department of Culture, Media, and Creative Industries, King's College London.
  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    Week 1: A Definition of Contemporary Art Practice

    • Western Art’s Trajectory: From Giotto to the 21st Century

    • Conceptual Art

    Week 2: Looking Beyond Painting and Sculpture

    • Contemporary Sculpture

    • Video Art

    Week 3: Appropriation and the Past

    • The Recirculation of Images

    • Contemporary Artists and their Relationships to History

    Week 4: Contemporary Pop and the Art Market

    • Contemporary Pop Art

    • The Market for Pop Art

    Week 5: Participation, Performance, and Politics

    • The Roots of Contemporary Performance Art

    • Performance Art in the late 20th and 21st Centuries

    Week 6: From Local to Global: The Expansion of the Art World

    • Contemporary Art Today

    • Globalization and the Rise of the Group Exhibition

  • Online Orientation

    Online Orientation

    Our online orientation operates the same way as the course, giving you the opportunity to become familiar with the technology and the dynamics of online teaching and learning. Participation in the  orientation is not required, but it is strongly encouraged as students who complete the experience have a better chance of success. The orientation is available one week prior to class and remains open for you to use as a resource.
  • Course Fees And Enrollment

    Course Fees And Enrollment

    $1485 ($1335 if booked before December 20, 2016)

    Registration Fee: $15

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  • Contact And Request Information

    Contact And Request Information

    For further information, please contact:
    Claire Hoover, Program Manager of Online Learning
    Email: or Request Information Tel: +1.212.897.6644

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