The Art History Program at Bard offers the opportunity to explore
visual art and culture through courses across a broad range of periods
and societies and close student-teacher contact. Learning how to
look and write about works of art is stressed, particularly in introductory
courses, and Bard’s proximity to New York City enables frequent
visits to museums and galleries. Bus trips are arranged each semester
by the program and open to all majors and non-majors, if space permits.
Courses are frequently designed in conjunction with museum exhibitions,
and class visits to current shows in New York galleries are an important
aspect of seminars in contemporary art. In addition, the art and
architecture of the Hudson Valley provide a fruitful resource for
original research. The program maintains close contact with local
institutions so that students may study original documents and work
as volunteer interns during the summer or the January intersession.
It also enables advanced students to work with faculty in the Bard
Graduate Programs of Curatorial Studies in Annandale-on-Hudson
and with the Bard
Graduate Center of Decorative Arts in New York City.
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