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In the past thirty years contemporary art has grown to be one of the most exciting and crowded fields in the international art world. This course offers an in-depth guide to the art of our time, surveying all the definitive trends from the 1980s to the present day, and tracing how the global market for art has kept pace. You will examine the impact of film, video and photography, as well as changes to traditional methods like painting and drawing, while considering the rise and fall of key ideas like postmodernism, conceptualism, and relational aesthetics. Through online lectures, readings, group discussions, image research and brief weekly writing assignments you have the opportunity to look at both the work of some of contemporary art's established names, as well as those just 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

    March 6 - April 16, 2017

    Online orientation opens on February 27, 2017.
  • Faculty


    Morgan Falconer
    PhD, University College London; MA, Courtauld Institute of Art; BA, University of Leeds

    Morgan Falconer is a critic and art historian. He has written about contemporary art for publications including The Times (London), The Economist, Frieze, The Village Voice, and Art in America. His recent publications include Painting Beyond Pollock (Phaidon, 2015), a history of painting after 1945, and The Art Lovers’ Guide to New York, a guide to the city’s art collections (Rizzoli/ Thames & Hudson, 2011).

    Click here to read "A Conversation With Morgan Falconer".
  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    Week 1: Postmodernism

    • What is Postmodernism?

    • Commodity sculpture in the 1980s

    • Pop-Conceptualism and “Pictures”

    Week 2: Humans and History

    • Neo-Expressionist Painting in the 1980’s

    • Commemoration and Figuration in Recent Sculpture

    • The theme of everyday life

    Week 3: New Media

    • Painting vs. Photography

    • New Pictorial Photography

    • Video and film

    Week 4: Relate and Participate

    • New performance art

    • Relational Art

    • Political activism and art

    Week 5: Globalization

    • Post-colonization and globalization

    • Identity politics

    • The Biennial phenomenon

    Week 6: Institutions and Markets

    • Art fairs, consultants and the market

    • Museums and blockbusters

    • Auctions

  • 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 February 1, 2017)

    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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