Today’s Art World Today’s Art World

Today’s Art World


Rory O’Dea, Moderator

The contemporary art world is ever expanding and increasingly complex. In “Today’s Art World,” we will give shape and meaning to this vast cultural landscape by exploring the ways that iconic and up-and-coming contemporary artists engage with both the art of the past and the larger world they work within.

By focusing our perspective on contemporary art through the lens of significant themes and trends, we will gain a deeper understanding of the major currents flowing through the art world today, and discover new possibilities for what art can be.

With images.

Session 1 The Pioneering Women of Contemporary Art
Session 2 Contemporary Art and Popular Culture
Session 3 The Photograph in Contemporary Art
Session 4 Art and the Natural World
Session 5 The Artist’s Body
Session 6 The Digital Art World: Artists and New Technology

* PLEASE NOTE: There are TWO (2) Sections of this Seminar. Specify your first choice of DATE -– MONDAYS or TUESDAYS.

MONDAYS, 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
MAR 11, 25
APR 8, 22
MAY 6, 20


TUESDAYS, 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
MAR 12, 26
APR 9, 23
MAY 7, 21

Cost $475 (6 sessions)
* tax deductible portion is $237.50

Rory O'Dea

RORY O’DEA – Professor of contemporary art and design, Parsons School of Design. He received his Ph.D. in modern and contemporary art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, and his scholarship explores the connections between visual art, film, literature and popular culture.

His current book project focuses on the American artist Robert Smithson and his enduring legacy among contemporary artists. Rory has previously taught at the Yale University School of Art’s MFA program and New York University, and has served as a researcher and curatorial assistant at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Morgan Library and Museum, and the Grey Art Gallery at New York University.

Portrait Photo: Andrea Wenglowskyj