This course will focus on identifying the key artists, as well as the central themes – from technology to globalism – addressed in contemporary art, featuring exclusive video interviews with artists Shirin Neshat, the Guerrilla Girls, and Martine Gutierrez (among others). With an emphasis on evaluating how market forces such as galleries, art fairs, auction houses, and museums determine which artists are considered important, course participants are encouraged to explore how this dynamic is being altered by the rise of online art markets. This course aims to equip participants with confidence in their knowledge of art world trends and boosted skills of visual literacy and understanding.
Adjunct Faculty, Online
Monique Long lives and works in New York City as an independent curator of contemporary art and arts writer. She has organized exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Design, the United Nations Headquarters and The Studio Museum in Harlem and is the recipient of multiple writing and curatorial awards. A frequent contributor to ArtNews, Document Journal, and Ubikwist Magazine, her articles often focus on the work of makers and cultural producers of color. Her next institutional exhibition, Elegies: Still Lifes in Contemporary Art, will open at the Museum of African Diaspora in San Francisco, California Spring 2022 and travel to the Telfair Museums in Savannah, Georgia. Long holds an MA in American Studies from Columbia University, with a specialization in post-war contemporary art and African American studies.Read More
Week 1: Discuss the definitions, techniques, and processes of contemporary art.
Week 2: Examine the role of the artist and the audience, as well as key venues in the contemporary art market.
Week 3: Explore social politics and theories relating to gender and sexuality.
Week 4: Understand theories and interpretations of emerging global trends in contemporary art.
This flexible online course is delivered in weekly modules consisting of recorded lectures, instructor-guided discussion boards, and supplementary resources. The course will include a final project with personalized feedback from the course instructor. All participants will have read-only access to the course materials for an additional 90 days after the course end date.
To identify key artists in today’s global art world, as well as the central themes addressed in their work.
To recognize works by influential artists, thereby enhancing skills of visual literacy.
To evaluate how market forces such as galleries, art fairs, auction houses, and museums determine which artists are considered important – as well as how this dynamic is being altered by the rise of online art markets.
For successfully completing this course, you receive a verified Certificate of Completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art as well as 2.9 IACET Continuing Education Units. *
Our digital certificates allow you to share new skills with various social media platforms, including LinkedIn. Successful completion is defined by each instructor in the course syllabus and consists, at the least, of regular, thoughtful participation in online activities and timely submission of assigned papers or projects.
*As an IACET Accredited Provider, Sotheby’s Institute of Art offers IACET CEUs for its learning events that comply with the ANSI/IACET Continuing Education and Training Standard.