Explore a variety of perspectives and topics related to modern and contemporary art at your own pace. Original materials include films featuring artists, educators, curators and others, along with text, audio, images, and digital resources.

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Fashion as Design

Fashion as Design focuses on a selection of more than 70 garments and accessories and explores their profound impacts—social, cultural, economic, and environmental—on the world. In this course, you’ll hear directly from a range of designers, makers, and historians, and will look closely at what we wear, why we wear it, how it’s made, and what it means.

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In the Studio: Postwar Abstract Painting

Want to know how some of the 20th century’s most celebrated artists made abstract paintings? This course offers an in-depth, hands-on look at the materials, techniques, and approaches of seven New York School artists, including Willem de Kooning, Yayoi Kusama, Agnes Martin, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Ad Reinhardt, and Mark Rothko.

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Seeing Through Photographs
What is a photograph and how has photography been used throughout history? The Museum of Modern Art’s free online course Seeing Through Photographs explores this fascinating subject through works in MoMA’s collection and wide-ranging conversations with artists, curators, and scholars that reveal the many different factors that inform the making of a photograph.

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透过摄影看世界 / Seeing Through Photographs (Mandarin)
照片究竟是什么?在历史当中,人们如何利用摄影?纽约现代艺术博物馆的免费在线课程《透过摄影看世界》将带您探索这个引人入胜的话题。通过欣赏MoMA收藏的摄影作品,聆听与多位艺术家、策展人和学者的对话,我们将向您揭露制作一张照片的方方面面。

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Modern Art & Ideas
Using works from MoMA’s expansive collection as a point of departure, this massive open online course encourages learners to understand, enjoy, and use modern and contemporary art through four themes: Places & Spaces, Art & Ideas, Transforming Everyday Objects, and Art & Society.

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Art & Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies for Your Classroom
Learn how to integrate works of art into your classroom using inquiry-based teaching methods originally developed for in-gallery museum education.

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Art & Ideas: Teaching with Themes
This course is designed to help build critical skills that support theme-based teaching practices and build confidence in incorporating modern and contemporary art into interdisciplinary lesson plans.

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Art & Activity: Interactive Strategies for Engaging with Art
Art & Activity builds upon the inquiry-based approaches of Art and Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies for Your Classroom, while delving into activity-based strategies for making your students empowered participants.

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From Pigment to Pixel: Color in Modern and Contemporary Art Pigment to Pixel

Dive into color and explore its innovations, impact, and uses through an exciting array of works in MoMA’s collection. Curators, educators, and conservators discuss how technological advances and new uses of materials combined with creative experimentation have challenged and expanded ideas of color in painting, sculpture, photography, design, and new media.

Unique behind-the-scenes visits to MoMA’s conservation labs, technical analysis, studio demonstrations, and exercises enhance understanding of the inventive and provocative uses of color in art and design, from the rational to the exuberant. Artists discussed include Georges-Pierre Seurat, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Vasily Kandinsky, Josef Albers, Hans Hofmann, Yves Klein, Ad Reinhardt, Joe Colombo, Helen Levitt, William Eggleston, Cindy Sherman, and Pipilotti Rist.

Module 1: Introduction: What Is Color?
Module 2: Symbolism and Pseudoscience
Module 3: Freedom and Spirituality
Module 4: Bauhaus: Relearning Color
Module 5: The Monochrome
Module 6: Plastics and the 1960s
Module 7: Color Photography
Module 8: Color in the Digital Realm

Instructor Corey D’Augustine is a painting conservator who worked for many years at MoMA. He is also an artist who has exhibited in New York and abroad.

Instructor: Corey D’Augustine
Schedule: Course contains 8 modules
Non Member: Self-Guided - $139
Member, corporate member employees, students, educators (K–12, college, and university), and staff at other museums: Self-Guided - $125.10

To register, please email courses@moma.org or call (212) 408-8441.




Five Puzzles of Contemporary Art

In the 1960s, artists began making radical gestures that questioned practically every aspect of what art was conceived of at the time, from the physical and temporal context in which it is seen, to how it is displayed and who gets to access or own it. In this course, students learn about key issues in art from the past 50 years and explore one of five puzzles of contemporary art each week: Beauty, Value, Original, Concept, and Process. Students enjoy interviews with MoMA curators, conservators, and collection specialists, and explore compelling works in MoMA’s collection by artists such as Cindy Sherman, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Jeff Koons, Sol Lewitt, Allan McCollum, and Richard Serra.

Module 1: The Puzzle of Beauty
Module 2: The Puzzle of Value
Module 3: The Puzzle of the Original
Module 4: The Puzzle of the Concept
Module 5: The Puzzle of Experience

Instructor Pablo Helguera is Director of Adult and Academic Programs in the Department of Education at MoMA. In 2011 he was pedagogical curator of the 8th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He is also the author of several books, including Education for Socially Engaged Art (2011) and What in the World: A Subjective Museum’s Biography (2010). Helguera is a visual and performance artist whose work incorporates pedagogy, social engagement, historical research, and language.

Instructor: Pablo Helguera
Schedule: Course contains 5 modules
Non Member: Self-Guided - $110
Member, corporate member employees, students, educators (K–12, college, and university), and staff at other museums: Self-Guided - $99

To register, please email courses@moma.org or call (212) 408-8441.




Experimenting with Collage Experimenting with Collage

Collage grabs your attention quickly, but it takes time to really see it. Through fragmenting, combining, and recontextualizing, objects and images are transformed. This course combines studio demonstrations of collage techniques with close study of significant works in MoMA’s collection. Detailed demonstrations will show you how to make your own collages, inspired by the ways in which these masters pushed the boundaries of representation and materials. Watch videos about works by some of the masters of collage, including Pablo Picasso, Joseph Cornell, Hannah Höch, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Bradford, and others. These videos, together with readings and slideshows, make for a dynamic and challenging studio course for newcomers and experts alike.

Students will need to purchase materials and supplies for this course (costs range from $20 to $200, depending on your paint preferences). View the supply list.

Module 1: Fragmenting the Picture Plane
Module 2: Appropriation and Recontextualization
Module 3: Drawing with Scissors
Module 4: Cultural Icons and Symbols
Module 5: The Figure
Module 6: Assemblage
Module 7: Altered Book Project
Module 8: Off the Wall

Instructor Katerina Lanfranco received her BA at University of California at Santa Cruz and her MFA at Hunter College, City University of New York. She is a New York-based artist and arts educator specializing in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and mixed media work. Katerina teaches visual arts courses at Fordham University and LIM College.

Instructor: Katerina Lanfranco
Schedule: Course contains 8 modules
Non Member: Self-Guided - $139
Member, corporate member employees, students, educators (K–12, college, and university), and staff at other museums: Self-Guided - $125.10

To register, please email courses@moma.org or call (212) 408-8441.




Modern Art: 1880–1945

In this class, you will discover fascinating stories, key works, and iconic figures of modern art, from its origins in Post-Impressionism to the beginnings of the New York School. Moving chronologically through the Museum’s collection, you will explore an array of renowned and provocative objects—from paintings that challenged the official Academy and revolutionized the conventions of representation to works that are completely abstract—by such artists as Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Constantin Brancusi, Marcel Duchamp, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso, among others.

Classes combine brief art history lectures, readings, and video shot on location in MoMA’s galleries.

Module 1: Van Gogh and Post-Impressionism
Module 2: Klimt and Symbolism
Module 3: Matisse and Fauvism
Module 4: Kandinsky and Expressionism
Module 5: Picasso and Cubism/Boccioni and Futurism
Module 6: Modigliani and the School of Paris
Module 7: Malevich, Mondrian, and Utopian Visions
Module 8: Moholy-Nagy and the Bauhaus
Module 9: Dada and Duchamp
Module 10: Dalí and Surrealism

Instructor Deborah A. Goldberg (PhD, the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University) teaches art history at the School of Visual Arts, lectures regularly at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art, and lectures on sculpture for the Christie’s Master’s Program. She designed an online art history course (Modern Art: 1880–1945) for MoMA, and has written audio tours for exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art and the High Museum in Atlanta, and modern and contemporary audio stops for the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She wrote the catalogue for the exhibition Isamu Noguchi, Patent Holder: Designing the World of Tomorrow, at the M. T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery at St. John’s University (2015), and coedited and contributed a chapter to the book Alexander Archipenko Revisited: An International Perspective (Archipenko Foundation, 2008).

Instructor Larissa Bailiff (PhD, ABD, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University) is a specialist in 19th-century French art and social history. Formerly an associate educator at MoMA, she has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at both the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Pratt Institute.

Instructors: Larissa Bailiff and Deborah Goldberg
Schedule: Course contains 10 modules
Non Member: Self-Guided - $139
Member, corporate member employees, students, educators (K–12, college, and university), and staff at other museums: Self-Guided - $125.10

To register, please email courses@moma.org or call (212) 408-8441.




Modern and Contemporary Art: 1945–1989

This course explores major artists, artworks, and movements after World War II. Students explore the emergence of the New York School and its links to a new global economy centered in New York, Dada’s revival, Pop art’s flowering in mass consumer society, and Minimalism’s formal refinement and emphasis on spatial context. The course will then consider Conceptual art’s fundamental questioning of art, the development of multimedia artistic practices and performance art, and the influence of identity politics on art.

The course includes videos about works by Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Donald Judd, Eva Hesse, George Maciunas, Louise Lawler, Nan Goldin, and many more. Lectures, slideshows, and written and multimedia content enrich and contextualize videos from the galleries.

Module 1: Pollock and the New York School
Module 2: Alberto Giacometti and Postwar Europe
Module 3: Andy Warhol and Neo-Dada and Pop
Module 4: Eva Hesse and Minimalism and Post-Minimalism
Module 5: Sol LeWitt and Conceptual Art
Module 6: George Maciunas and Performance Art
Module 7: Louise Lawler and Feminism
Module 8: Bruce Nauman and Identity Politics
Module 9: Georg Baselitz and Neo-expressionism
Module 10: Nan Goldin and Photography

Instructor Paula Burleigh (PhD candidate, the Graduate Center, City University of New York) is a specialist in post-WWII European and American art. She teaches undergraduate courses in art history at Baruch College, and she lectures at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Instructor Jennifer Katanic (PhD Candidate, the Graduate Center, City University of New York) is a specialist in modern and contemporary art, with an emphasis on Slavic studies. She is currently writing her dissertation, Revolutionary Artist, Comrade, Hero: The Not So Eventful Life of Jaroslav Čermák (1830–1878). She is a lecturer in the Department of Education at The Museum of Modern Art and works with International Art Guides as a contemporary art educator at Art Basel Miami Beach. She has taught art history at Rutgers University and City College, New York.

Instructors: Paula Burleigh and Jennifer Katanic
Schedule: Course contains 10 modules
Non Member: Self-Guided - $139
Member, corporate member employees, students, educators (K–12, college, and university), and staff at other museums: Self-Guided - $125.10

To register, please email courses@moma.org or call (212) 408-8441.