May 28–June 10, 2017*
*Note: Dates subject to change

Despite rumors to the contrary, New York remains the center of the contemporary art world, the place where a staggering quantity of art is produced, exhibited, purchased, interpreted, and evaluated. One way to make sense of the city's complexity and energy is to trace the dynamic pathways through which art travels: the connections between artists, dealers, institutions, and critical voices. During two intensely busy weeks in June, this seminar will investigate the full range of contemporary art production in the city, making full use of all available resources in the city and its extended area. The class will visit a vast number of artists' studios, non-profit spaces, artist collectives and think-tanks, commercial galleries, and notable museums. Team-taught by sculptor Lan Tuazon and critic/art historian Daniel Quiles, both of whom have lived and worked in New York, the class will benefit from numerous "behind-the-scenes" opportunities with artists, collectors, curators, and dealers. Students will be expected to create a new work that is informed by the experience and influence of being in New York or complete a significant writing and research project that explores the city's contemporary art scene in direct relationship to their own interests. Our main questions will include: how do these different nodes in the contemporary art world function independently—what are their objectives, and how are they being met—and how, in the end, are they all connected?

Credits: 3 credits STUDIO and / or 3 credits ARTHI (4000-level)

Dan Quiles, Art History, Theory and Criticism
Lan Tuazon, Sculpture

Program fee: Approx. $1,710 (including accommodation, admissions, ground transport, 2 group meals; not including airfare). If not staying in group accommodation approx. $1,240.  

Accommodation: Dorms at New York Arts Program, 305 W. 29th Street in Chelsea (see here). Note: You may stay in alternative accommodation provided that you can meet the group promptly each morning for the day's activities. If you choose to stay elsewhere, the program fee will be reduced.

PLUS Tuition cost per credit:
Undergraduate—$1,497 per credit hour
Graduate—$1,580 per credit hour

Online registration begins: March 15, 2017

Deposit due at registration: $525

Information sessions:
Wednesday, February 1, 4:15 p.m.
MacLean Centre, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite MC 620

Tuesday, February 7, 12:10 p.m.
MacLean Centre, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite MC 112

From last trip's course evaluations: