Study Abroad/Off-Campus: Art and Criticism in New York City
January 3–13, 2017*
*Note: Dates and itinerary 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 (4000-level)
Michelle Grabner, Painting and Drawing
Daniel Quiles, Art History, Theory and Criticism
Program fee: Approx. $1,295 if staying in the optional group accommodation (see below), $790 if staying elsewhere. Includes admissions, ground transport; not including airfare.
PLUS Tuition cost per credit:
Undergraduate—$1,497 per credit hour;
Graduate—$1,580 per credit hour.
Students are not required to stay in the group accommodation for this class and may find their own accommodation provided they can meet the faculty at the scheduled departure point each morning. Faculty and students who opt for the group accommodation will be staying at the Pod Hotel 51 at 230 East 51st Street (between 2nd Ave & 3rd Ave) which has hostel-type accommodation. The program fee applies to a bunk bed in a twin-share room with individual-use shared bathrooms located on the same floor.
Online registration begins: October 12, 2016
Deposit due at registration: $525
Monday, October 3, 12:10 p.m.
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite MC 620
Wednesday, October 5, 4:15 p.m.
Maclean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite MC 620
From last trip's course evaluations:
- The trip provided unique opportunities to meet, hear, and interact with a wide-range of what makes up the "NY Art World."
- Daniel and Michelle did an excellent job of structuring our trip to see a wide array of different roles in the art world in New York.
- The schedule is very tight so you accomplish a lot in a day.
- Great conversation and consideration of people from both the "professor" realm and "working artist" realm.
- Traveling around the city with Michelle was an awesome experience. The variety of people she has worked with and has connections with is amazing. Being able to have one on one conversations while we were walking from gallery to studio was fun and productive because we would talk about what we had seen that day or about her experiences there.
- I can't imagine Daniel not being a part of the trip. The way he structured our days and kept us on track was amazing. Without him we wouldn't have made it to as many studios or galleries. Being able to talk about the art world with Daniel was enlightening and helped put things into perspective.
- It was also a great moment of true SAIC inter-disciplinary curriculum coming together. I met so many different students - Undergrad and Grad - that I would not have met otherwise.
- A packed schedule but you can make it your own. I would take advantage of the night life/ gallery openings because classes usually end early enough to go to those, and plan out your one day off well. You may also want to stay a few extra days to go explore a little more because there was not a lot of time allotted to actually seeing the museum exhibitions because travel times are long.
- Bring a lot of money and comfortable shoes.
- Make a journal and record your experience. You won't regret it.