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

Information sessions:
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: