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"I absolutely loved the studio visits to working artists; they made me feel confident that I am on the right path with my work." —Student, winter '13

"I liked the cross-section of artists, galleries, museums, and studios—really informative and beneficial, a boost of knowledge as well as a reality check." —Student, winter '13

"I have a much deeper understanding of the structure of the New York art world. I also have an idea of what my life might look like were I to move to NYC." —Student, winter '13

January 9–19, 2014
*Note: Dates subject to change

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. We will talk to the editors at Artforum, visit DIA Beacon, visit artists' studios, and the city's many commercial galleries and not-for-profit institutions. We will visit as many cultural institutions as we can squeeze into our schedule.

This class is both exciting and more importantly hugely essential to all 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 NYC.

Credits: 3 credits STUDIO and/or 3 credits ARTHI

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

Program fee: Approximately $1,360 if staying in the group accommodation; $760 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: October 10, 2013

Deposit due at registration: $250

Information session:
September 19, 2013 at 12.10 p.m.
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite 617