Tentative Dates:
May 24–31, 2014 in New York and June 2–5, 2014 in Chicago

New York City is a cultural center, and no matter where you choose to live and work, you will need to negotiate the economic, critical, and institutional hierarchies governing this metropolis. This trip starts to map the many diverse yet interrelated cultural landscapes where artists, critics, curators, dealers, and collectors build a dense exchange of making and discourse. Starting with the 2014 Whitney Biennial, we will visit as many cultural institutions as we can squeeze into our schedule, including artists' studios and the city's many commercial galleries and not-for-profit institutions.

This class is both essential to young artists and burgeoning cultural producers as it illustrates firsthand the increasingly important interrelationship between making and distribution. The contemporary art landscape is shaped by a supply-and-demand economy and to pretend otherwise is naïve. Thus, this class focuses on the interchange set up between critical, commercial, and institutional frames of success. It discusses the pros and cons of living in a cultural and economic center and should be a required class for all students, even if they hail from New York City.

Credits: 3 credits STUDIO and/or 3 credits ARTHI

Michelle Grabner: Painting and Drawing
Shane Campbell: Art History, Theory, and Criticism

Program fee: Approximately $1,300 if staying in the group accommodation; $675 if staying elsewhere. (includes admissions, ground transport; not including airfare)

PLUS Tuition cost per credit:
Undergraduate—$1,327 per credit hour
Graduate—$1,409 per credit hour

Accommodation: Students are not required to stay in group accommodation in New York for this class and may find their own accommodation provided they can meet the group at the scheduled departure point each morning. The group accommodation will be in the Pod Hotel.

Online registration begins: March 12, 2014

Deposit due at registration: $250

Information session: 
Thursday, February 6, 12:10 p.m.
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite 501