Overview

Understand the art world from all angles through immersion in art’s history, economies, and the vibrant contemporary art scene of New York City.

Students enrolled in this Exploration course will survey the fields of art history, art business, and contemporary art, focusing on the complex and dynamic art being created in New York City today. Guided by expert educators and leaders in the field, our Exploration courses focus on the intersectionality between topics. In this course, students will explore how a variety of art world players come together to make New York City into one of the top art capitals of the world.

Our multidisciplinary approach to learning encourages students to sample different fields and employ critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. The program is geared toward students eager to discover their passions, try something new, and prepare for college. From site visits and excursions to lectures by expert practitioners, the Explorations program is curated to give students a newfound sense of direction for their future studies by shedding light on a diverse selection of subject material.

Past site visits have included:

  • Sotheby’s auction house
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • The Museum of Modern Art
  • Top galleries such as Gagosian & Hauser and Wirth
  • The High Line, the elevated park that leads to New York’s newest neighborhood Hudson Yards with the Vessel sculpture & the high-tech art venue The Shed
  • Art neighborhoods, such as Chelsea & the Lower East Side

Past guest speakers have included:

  • Museum curators and educators
  • Auction house specialists
  • Gallery directors
  • Art appraisers
  • Art logistics & entrepreneurship experts
  • Art critics
  • Artists

*Please note: This information is subject to change at any time at the discretion of Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

Cost and Session Information

PRICE: $4,995* ($5,595* for residential students)
DATES: June 21 - July 3
TYPE: Explortaion
LOCATION: New York City

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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