About this Course
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Welcome to Modern Art & Ideas! This course is designed to help anyone interested in learning more about modern and contemporary art. Themes can provide an effective structure for engaging with art. In this course, you will explore four themes that educators at The Museum of Modern Art use frequently in their teaching: Places & Spaces, Art & Identity, Transforming Everyday Objects, and Art & Society. Through videos, slideshows, and a variety of resources, readings, and activities, you will explore the content and context of works of art in MoMA’s collection. Learners will… - Explore works of modern and contemporary art through a variety of accessible and relevant themes. - Hear directly from artists about their ideas and processes. - Gain exposure to a range of digital resources available for continually engaging with works of art....
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Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 2 hours per week

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100% online courses

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Calendar

Flexible deadlines

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Clock

Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 2 hours per week

Approx. 10 hours to complete
Comment Dots

English

Subtitles: English, Italian, Russian

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
Clock
21 minutes to complete

Module 1: Introduction to Modern Art & Ideas

Be introduced to some of the overall benefits of studying modern and contemporary art through accessible and relevant themes....
Reading
1 video (Total 1 min), 2 readings
Reading2 readings
1.1 Introduction to Modern Art & Ideas10m
1.3 Required Readings & Additional Resources10m

2

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Module 2: Places & Spaces

Discover some of the many ways that artists represent place and take inspiration from their environment....
Reading
10 videos (Total 22 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video10 videos
2.4 Vincent van Gogh. The Starry Night. 18892m
2.5 Piet Mondrian. Broadway Boogie Woogie. 1942–431m
2.6 Gordon Matta-Clark. Bingo. 19741m
2.7 Andrew Wyeth. Christina's World. 19481m
2.8 Salvador Dalí. The Persistence of Memory. 19311m
2.9 Claude Monet. Water Lilies. 1914–261m
2.10 Rachel Whiteread. Water Tower. 19982m
2.11 Edward Hopper. House By the Railroad. 19251m
2.12 Louis I. Kahn. Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, Capital of Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh (Study for National Assembly Building). 1962–832m
Reading3 readings
2.1 Introduction to Places & Spaces10m
2.3 Slideshow [Mobile-Friendly Version]10m
2.13 Required Readings & Additional Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz20m

3

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Module 3: Art & Identity

See how artists create works of art to express, explore, and question identity. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 17 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
3.4 Frida Kahlo. Self-Portait with Cropped Hair. 19402m
3.5 Andy Warhol. Gold Marilyn Monroe. 19621m
3.6 Pablo Picasso. Girl before a Mirror. 19322m
3.7 Marc Chagall. I and the Village. 19112m
3.8 Henri Matisse. The Red Studio. 19112m
3.9 Rineke Dijkstra. Almerisa series. 1994–20081m
Reading3 readings
3.1 Introduction to Art & Identity10m
3.3 Slideshow [Mobile-Friendly Version]10m
3.10 Required Readings & Additional Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz20m

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Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Module 4: Transforming Everyday Objects

Discover how artists use everyday objects to challenge assumptions about what constitutes art and how it should be made. Explore a variety of artistic and design choices, and the creative acts of inventing and transforming everyday objects....
Reading
9 videos (Total 20 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video9 videos
4.4 Marcel Duchamp. Bicycle Wheel. 19132m
4.5 Robert Rauschenberg. Bed. 19551m
4.6 Meret Oppenheim. Object. 19362m
4.7 Décolletage Plastique Design Team. Bic Cristal® Ballpoint pen. 19502m
4.8 Louise Nevelson. Sky Cathedral. 19581m
4.9 Mike Kelley. Untitled. 19902m
4.10 Jessica Rosenkrantz, Jesse Louis-Rosenberg. Kinematics Dress. 20131m
4.11 Doris Salcedo. Atrabilious. 1992–931m
Reading3 readings
4.1 Introduction to Transforming Everyday Objects10m
4.3 Slideshow [Mobile-Friendly Version]10m
4.12 Required Readings & Additional Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Quiz20m
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Top Reviews

By AMJan 15th 2018

It has been a very wonderful course. I love the museum as a cultural space and now I love it more for its commitment to online education and giving us the opportunity to learn in different countries.

By AVOct 11th 2016

I really enjoyed this course and the way art was discussed based on theme rather than chronologically. My only issues with the class were the frustrations with the quizzes being graded incorrectly.

Instructor

Lisa Mazzola

Assistant Director, School and Teacher Programs
Department of Education

About The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art is a place that fuels creativity, ignites minds, and provides inspiration. With extraordinary exhibitions and the world's finest collection of modern and contemporary art, MoMA is dedicated to the conversation between the past and the present, the established and the experimental. Our mission is helping you understand, enjoy, and use the art of our time....

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