NYC Art and Design Summer Institute Online
Home to over 100 museums, a handful of the tallest skyscrapers in the world, and arguably the world's biggest Fashion Weeks, New York serves as an art, fashion, cultural and architectural capital. Students will develop a nuanced understanding of the social, political, and economic impact of art and fashion and how they fit into either (or both) of these industries.Academic work is supplemented by sessions on the business of the art and fashion industries, museum studies, art and social justice, and much more. This program takes students from theory to practice in a New York minute and allows students access to NYC from anywhere in the world.
Tuition and Fees- $2,997
Classes are delivered synchronously at a mutually beneficial time for our students on both the east and west coast. We understand this will be a strain for some of our international students and will work with on ways to make the most of your class schedule. Classes take place on Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Friday midday from 11:00 AM- 12:30 PM EST and Tues and Thurs afternoons from 2:00-3:30 PM EST. Enrichment and student life activities will be held in both the early day and evening time frames (10am EST- 8pm EST)
From the Sans-Culottes to Pantsuit Nation, fashion has moved from being an expression of class status to a declaration of self. Fashion has also been weaponized and used as a call-to-arms for political, social, gender, and economic reform. This course examines the role of fashion (Victorian to Modern) as a barometer of cultural consciousness, especially in times of oppression and social unrest. Students will create digital mood boards and learn how fashion designers use them, analyze descriptions of fashion in literature, and read about the evolution of fashion from seminal critics including Roland Barthes, Margaret Atwood, and Valerie Steele. We will view virtual museum exhibitions devoted to fashion, create a framework to analyze the role of fashion in modern life, examine fashion magazines, blogs, and Instagram posts through a critical lens, and learn about the design studios of New York fashion designers. Fashion has been dismissed as frivolous by critics, however women including Virginia Woolf and Anna Wintour have refuted that statement. By the end of the course, students will come to their own conclusions, exploring the reasons people might dismiss the role of fashion in culture.
From its early days as a pre-Hollywood hub of film studios, New York City has played a central role in film in the 20th century, one which corresponds directly to the production of modern art. In this course, comparisons between art-making and film-making will be made, while students will also be introduced to the core literature of modernist writing. Breaking up into four different periods: 1890-The Great Depression, WWII-the early 60's, the 60's and 70's, and finally the post-modern era of art and film, each week will focus on a group of artists or directors (including D.H. Griffith, The Ashcan School, Diego Rivera, Sergei Eisenstein, Joseph Cornell, Andy Warhol, Martin Scorsese, and Julian Schnabel) who explore the intersection of art and film, particularly in New York City.
This course will use New York City as a resource to convey the physical and intellectual excitement of architecture. Through presentations, virtual field trips and design problems students will be introduced to the making and meaning of architecture. The course will be based on the studio method in which students are challenged to develop skills through fundamental design projects. The projects will involve instruction in architectural drawing and model making.
We will study the history, appearance and function of several sites. Through sketching and in-studio discussions the class will make connections between the activity of design and the actual built environment which will culminate in a site specific architectural intervention.
This course will examine Hip Hop as an art form, culture, social movement, and lifestyle. Hip Hop started in New York and is now celebrated and practiced around the world. This course will focus on Hip Hop’s origins and the key moments that helped it to progress and grow into what it is today. Students will explore the different elements of Hip Hop and how it has influenced and changed our world from music, film, dance, fashion, language, politics and even education. The course will analyze how Hip Hop has developed, responded, and contributed to society.
In this course, we will examine New York as an epicenter for feminist art and history. We will learn about the impact of NYC feminist cultural institutions such as the Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum and the Lesbian Herstory Archive. Our goal is to sharpen our understanding of feminist art and space from an intersectional framework of race, class, sex, gender--essentially, our everyday lives. Students will write a short research paper examining three pieces of feminist art. As a class, we will collaborate on a zine (or make individual zines) focused on significant elements of intersectional feminism and visual art.
NY in Art and Film
Theodore Barrow is pursuing his PhD in Art History at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He has taught in Barnard's Summer in the City program for the past five years, exploring the fruitful relationship between art, film, and the city. He has also taught at Brooklyn College, the City College, Baruch, and other colleges within the CUNY system. He works as a curator at the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, and will finish his Ph.D. in 2019.
Feminist Art in New York
Erica Cardwell is writer and radical educator based in New York. She teaches English and Literature at the Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY and a social justice capstone at The New School. She received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Sarah Lawrence College and is has been awarded fellowships and residencies by the Lambda Literary Foundation and Vermont Studio Center. Her essays and criticism have appeared in The Believer, Hyperallergic, Rewire, Green Mountains Review and elsewhere. Erica is a board member of Radical Teacher Journal. She is writing a nonfiction novel about the life of her late mother and the Black imagination.
Is Fashion Frivolous?
Jill Di Donato has taught a range of liberal arts courses in the Barnard Pre-College Program since 2010. She is a member of the faculty at the Fashion Institute of Technology and has taught at Columbia University and City Tech. A former fashion editor, she writes about fashion and beauty as a barometer of cultural consciousness and has been published in the Los Angeles Times, NYLON, Refinery 29, VICE, Byrdie, and Salon. She founded and curates a series on beauty,The Vanity Project, for Huffington Post. A Barnard alumna, she holds an MFA from Columbia University.
Richard "Todd" Rouhe
Richard Todd Rouhe is a Registered Architect who received his B. Arch from the Southern California Institute of Architecture and a Masters Degree from Columbia University, in New York City. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture in the Barnard + Columbia Undergraduate Program. Rouhe is a cofounder of common room, an architectural practice, publishing imprint, exhibition space and collaborative platform based in New York and Brussels. The work of Rouhe and common room has been published in Architect, Artforum, Art in America, Casco Issues and Perspecta 44.
Hip Hop, Art, and NYC
Jon Souza received his EMPA candidate from Columbia University. He has taught art and music in NYC schools for over 10 years and currently works as a Program Director for the Ember Charter School in Brooklyn. His current work focuses on Hip Hop education, art and culture, using Hip Hop as a platform to train students and educators how to use Hip Hop as a way to gain a more accurate and culturally relevant approach to learning about the world today. His areas of specialization include visual arts, music theory and production, audio engineering, poetry and song-writing, street art and graffiti mural design. He recently worked as a lead artist for the NYC Mural Arts Project and is currently an artist-in-residence and the Andrew Freedman Home in the Bronx.