Art History in New York City

DSC_0152 On November 13, the Revolutionary Art class led by Dr. Therese Lichtenstein traveled to New York City, taking their studies beyond the classroom walls. The students first visited the Upper East Side’s Jewish Museum, where curator Mason Klein treated them to a guided tour. Klein showcased Helena Rubinstein: Beauty Is Power, an exhibition that celebrates Rubinstein’s collection of art and pays tribute to her as a pioneer of the beauty industry.

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Students traveled next to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where Therese tasked them with finding the works that they studied in class, with a focus on their recently concluded Impressionism unit. They were also challenged to choose a favorite piece and analyze its theme. As they came face-to-face with the paintings from their studies, students built a deeper understanding of artistic process and purpose. James, a senior, keenly described the juxtaposition of leisure with industrialism in a painting by Monet as a demonstration of what he has learned in the class so far.

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Ross School affords students the unique opportunity to seize the offerings of New York’s cultural institutions. Students in Therese’s class eagerly embraced the Met’s collection of 19th and 20th century “revolutionary” art, defined as such for its commentary on political, social, and economic changes. As technologies advance and societies are globalized, students are experiencing revolutions of a new sort, and Therese’s class prepares them to express these changes through experimentation with artistic media.

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