Touring NYC Museum and Gallery Culture

In this seminar, immerse yourself in the museum and gallery culture of NYC, focusing on the Upper East Side.  Readings and discussions provide historical and cultural contexts for the artists and works encountered during visits to both world-renowned and niche sites in NYC.

If you have questions about this program, please contact Jacqueline Noel at or by calling 212-774-4861.

Program Closed for Fall 2017 

Fall 2017 Seminar Dates

This seminar will meet on the following Saturdays from 10:0am-1:00pm:
October 28, November 11, December 2, December 16.




The tuition for this intensive is: $500

Registration and Payment

You can register for this intensive by clicking on the “Register for the Intensive” link above. Once you have registered you will be contacted with instructions on how to make payment.



Your guide on this artistic adventure is Professor Bruce Weber, who has served as a curator at various museums, most recently at the National Academy Museum and the Museum of the City of New York. He also served as Director of Research and Exhibitions at Berry-Hill Galleries. He has organized numerous exhibitions of American art and published extensively, including on such artists as William Merritt Chase, Stuart Davis, and Marsden Hartley.

Seminar Description

In this seminar, you’ll explore NYC as one of the artistic capitals of the world.  Focusing in and around the Upper East Side, discover the rich artistic scene of various neighborhoods through exclusive access to museums and niche galleries.  Hear from artists, curators, gallery owners, and others who are immersed in the museum and gallery culture of NYC.

Seminar topics include:

  • “What’s Not on View” (how museums select artworks to display and the many works that remain in storage);
  • “A Day at the Auction House” (previewing Sotheby’s major winter sale of American Art);
  • “Arts and Decoration” (viewing John Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London);
  • “A Visit to the Studio Museum” (viewing two exhibitions at this terrific Harlem museum: 20/20: The Studio Museum in Harlem and Carnegie Museum of Art and On Their Own in Harlem).

Readings and class discussions are supplemented by numerous class outings, possibly including visits to the Luce Study Center at the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Sotheby’s Auction House and Godel & Company; Bard Graduate Center Gallery; and the Studio Museum in Harlem.

By the end of this seminar, you’ll have been fully immersed in the Upper East Side’s unique museum and gallery culture, understanding its place in the artistic landscape of New York City.

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