Explore the three major pillars of the art world—museums, galleries, and auction houses—and get an insider’s look at how each influences the dynamic global art scene.
Students enrolled in this course will survey museums, commercial art galleries, and auction houses and gain a comprehensive understanding of the connection between art and the venues where it is exhibited and sold. Students will visit many of the key art establishments of New York City, one of the world’s most dynamic cultural epicenters, offering endless opportunities for students to discuss, critique, and observe how art lives in its most important institutions. This course will also explore how these three businesses are evolving and using new technology to meet the demands of an increasingly virtual world. This course is led by three instructors who are experts in the fields of museums, galleries, and auction houses who bring their professional experience. Students will complete three projects throughout the two weeks that allow them to explore potential careers in each of these contexts.
Visits will include a combination of trips to major New York City art museums as well as galleries and auction houses.
In the past, site visits have included:
- Sotheby’s auction house
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- The Museum of Modern Art
- The Frick Collection
- Phillips auction house
- Top galleries, such as David Zwirner, Gagosian, and Hauser & Wirth
Students will hear firsthand from museum curators, auction house specialists, and gallerists about the topics that shape our understanding of how museums, auction houses, and galleries operate on both the local and global art world stage.
In the past, guest speakers have included:
- Museum curators
- Art dealers
- Auction house specialists
- Art lawyers
Please note: This information is subject to change at any time at the discretion of Sotheby’s Institute of Art.