Study Abroad/Off-Campus: Contemporary Art & Criticism in New York City
January 3–13, 2018
*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 (4000-level)
Michelle Grabner, Painting and Drawing
David Getsy, Art History, Theory and Criticism
Program fee: Approx. $1,620 if staying in the optional group accommodation, $1,030 if staying elsewhere. Includes admissions, honoraria, ground transport; not including airfare.
PLUS Tuition cost per credit:
Undergraduate—$1,552 per credit hour;
Graduate—$1,625 per credit hour.
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 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 11, 2017
Deposit due at registration: $525
Tuesday, September 26, 4:15 p.m.
MacLean Centre, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite MC 617
Tuesday, October 3, 12:10 p.m.
MacLean Centre, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite MC 111
From previous course evaluations:
- Meeting and hearing from the working "NY Art World" was impressive and extremely productive, especially for those who were considering moving to NYC to continue their practice. It was a great networking opportunity.
- The class discussions were very productive and carried over from our days into the night when we were just hanging out. I would say the entire time we were in New York we were having conversations about what we had seen or about how it all played into our perspectives of the art world. Michelle has such positive energy! She was an incredible leader for this trip. I always appreciated her insights and intelligent words about art in NY and beyond.
- It was challenging due to the amount of walking on long days but highly rewarding because we got to have studio visits with artists we would never meet outside of this class.
- 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.