New York’s Museum of Modern Art is offering a number of free online courses
MoMA battles temporary closure due to the pandemic with online art courses
Like practically all art museums in the world, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York (one of the world’s most visited), finds a way to stay connected with its visitors in this era of social distancing.
As i-d and Papermag report, MoMA has prepared a series of “home movies” and virtual tours of their collections. Now, the Museum has decided to add a number of free online courses in which everybody can take a part.
It is a five-part course series dealing with contemporary art, fashion, and photography. According to i-d, the beginner level courses take 12 to 38 hours to complete and are accompanied by readings and exercises.
Papermag adds that three of these courses present “a more in-depth understanding of the contemporary art world.” First of all, “What Is Contemporary Art?” provides an overview of work created between 1980 and now, with insight from artists, designers, and architects about their creative processes. Covering a more broad time period, “Modern Art & Ideas” looks at both modern and contemporary art, and examines how artists use their surroundings to express themselves. An even deeper dive into how artist expression, “In the Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting” is a detailed look at the lives of seven New York School artists, such as Yayoi Kusama and Jackson Pollock.
The other two courses deal with fashion and photography. “Fashion as Design” analyzes more than 70 garments and accessories through the eyes of designers, historians, and manufacturers. Lastly, “Seeing Through Photographs” looks at photography’s 180-year history and addresses the difference between seeing and understanding an image.