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New York Contemporary Arts

**Course details are still being finalized. Dates, itinerary, and program fee are subject to change.**

Field Course Title: New York Contemporary Arts
Country: U.S.A.
Faculty: Sara Greenberger Rafferty (School of Humanitites, Arts and Cultural Studies)
Course Number: TBA
Departure Date: January 6, 2014 Return Date: January 18, 2014
Program Fee: $2,000 (reduced) + travel to New York City (information on additional expenses and financial aid below)

**Course Information Session: Tuesday, Oct. 1 | 7 p.m. | Art Barn**

Program Summary:
New York Contemporary Arts will be a fast-paced introduction to the city’s art institutions, commercial and nonprofit galleries, museums, artists, writers, curators, and professional arts practitioners. New York is a cultural capital, one of the major art hubs of the U.S. and the world. Any student interested in contemporary art should visit there regularly; this course will provide unprecedented access to the machine that is the New York art world. Studio visits, museum office tours, curator talks, and a great deal of pavement pounding will make the trip exhilarating, possibly even exhausting, and essential for anyone interested in the studio arts or photography.


Application Deadline: Thursday, October 10, 2013

All short-term applications are due to the global education office by 4:30 p.m. on the application deadline. Applications can be found in the global education office or can be downloaded from this page. A non-refundable deposit of $500 (credited to the program cost) will be due November 1 to the GEO in order to reserve your place in the program.

Financial Aid:
Students who receive need-based financial aid from Hampshire College are eligible to apply for financial assistance through the global education office to offset the program fee. Students are expected to cover all additional expenses, including airfare. Awards vary from year to year and are dependent on the number of applicants and the amount of aid available. Eligibility for financial assistance does not guarantee that aid will be awarded. Please indicate your eligibility and desire to apply on your application form.


For roughly the past 100 years, New York City has been the major arts capital, home to world-class exhibition venues and a concentration of international artists, curators, and arts professionals. An in-depth visit to New York, at any time of year, allows for a relatively comprehensive--yet uniquely "New York"--snapshot of recent and, in fact, up-to-the-minute developments in contemporary art practice, criticism, and curation. This type of trip or study is only possible in New York City, one of the most diverse cities in the world. Artists will be visited in their studios, and we will be welcomed into the study rooms of museums and cultural centers, providing an access and context not possible to glean from campus visits by artists. Curators and museum professionals will also introduce students to their work in the site of its making rather than through reproductions.

Work in this course will include short-form writing, interviews, and blogging, with the option of writing a substantial critical paper at the conclusion of the trip in lieu of daily writing/blogging projects constituting description, analysis, and criticism of the days’ activities. Students will be expected to prepare for the daily visits with practitioners and to participate in conversations and dialogue before, after, and during site visits. Some examples of visits may include curators at major museums such as the MoMA or the Studio Museum in Harlem, commercial gallery dealers, art preparators and handlers, arts journalists for major outlets such as Artforum and the New Yorker magazines, individual artists, artist-run galleries, etc. Trips to venues and people in Manhattan, but also in Queens (which is the most diverse county in the U.S.), Brooklyn, and the Bronx will also be included. These types of exposures will be invaluable for students of art and art history, and are not possible to replicate in the Pioneer Valley or even in Boston. The concentration of neighborhoods, the diversity of people, their backgrounds, and spaces will add to a heterogeneous cross section of the most relevant and prescient art discourses.

A final project in the form of an illustrated proposal for a curated hypothetical exhibition will be required of all students, no matter which writing exercise they decide to complete.

Prerequisites or Registration Requirements
At least 1 studio arts course (sculpting, painting, digital, photography, film, etc.) and 1 art history/theory course completed or in progress, or by permission of the instructor.

Travel Itinerary
Monday, January 6: Arrival in NYC, first meeting and dinner in the afternoon/evening
Tuesday, January 7: MoMA, Public Art Fund, New York Public Library
Wednesday, January 8: Metropolitan Museum, Whitney Museum, Studio Museum of Harlem, Bronx Museum
Thursday, January 9: Chelsea galleries, art handling and jobs in the arts, Artforum offices, The Kitchen
Friday, January 10: Long Island City, PS1, Sculpture Center, Brooklyn Artists Studios, Triple Canopy
Saturday, January 11 and Sunday, January 12: Free days, with assignments to complete, including interviewing artists, independent museum and site visits, etc.

Monday, January 13: Day trip to Dia Beacon
Tuesday, January 14: Jewish Museum, Upper East Side galleries
Wednesday, January 15: Lower East Side galleries, Soho, Judd Foundation, Manhattan artist studios, Artist Institute, New Museum
Thursday, January 16: Final project work day
Friday, January 17: Brooklyn artist studios, Donut District, Red Hook, farewell dinner, and artist presentations
Saturday, January 18: Day of departure, final meeting

*Most evenings will be free, with the exception of 1-2 evenings when we will attend live performances as a group (specific dates TBD), and the first and last nights, when we will eat dinner as a group.

Travel Plans
Students are expected to make their own travel arrangements to and from New York City.

Housing Arrangements
Students will stay in Manhattan at the POD Hotel. Students who live in New York City should contact GEO to see about staying in their own accommodations.

Program Cost and Additional Expenses
The Hampshire program fee is $2,000 plus travel to/from New York City. The program fee covers the following: tuition/workshops, accommodations, local transportation, faculty director expenses, group meals, local activities, and orientation costs.

NOT included in the program fee are the following expenses: Transportation to and from New York City, most meals, and personal expenses.

Questions about the application process or financial aid should be directed to Heather St. Germaine in the global education office at or x5542.

Questions regarding the academic content or itinerary should be directed to Sara Greenberger Rafferty at


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