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Interterm Classes

New York City's Contemporary Art Worlds

ARTH 3910 - 4 credits

Dates: August 26 - 30, 2013
Days: Monday - Friday (Arrive in New York by August 25, depart by August 31)
Location: New York City
Instructors: Marisa Lerer and Conor McGarrigle
Registration Deadline: July 16 or when course full (SPACE IS LIMITED)

Description: This course uses New York City as a classroom for engaging with and understanding contemporary art. We will explore New York's museums, galleries, public art, artists' studios, and alternative art spaces. Topics to be covered in the course are the art market, the history of contemporary art, sound art, public art, new media, and socially engaged and collaborative artworks. Our study will places the artworks within a social, historical, and political framework and students will learn to analyze art criticism and theories of contemporary art practices. Students will also have the opportunity to meet with curators, directors, and practicing New York-based contemporary artists. 

Classes will take place on site in New York City's art institutions. Class will begin with an introduction to the specific material to be covered. This will be followed by in-depth discussion of the artworks and exhibitions as well as low-stakes writing assignments to help students prepare for their larger writing projects. Participation in class discussions is always expected and encouraged. 

Approximate Travel Costs*:


$300-$450 (Students responsible for making their own flight arrangements.)

Program Fee:

$1200 (Nonrefundable. Covers lodging, and museum admission.)
Cancellation Fee:   $1200 (Billed to student account in the event the student drops the course after being officially registered.)

*Tuition fees apply and are in addition to the fees outlined above. These expenses are estimates subject to change. 

For more information, contact Marisa Lerer at or Conor McGarrigle at

To register, call Special Community Programs at 303-871-2360.