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Courses & Workshops

Fall 2014 Course: How to Look

Are you excited about going to museums and art galleries but feel that you don’t always have the tools and vocabulary to understand what you see? Have you considered how long you need to study a work of art to really appreciate it? This three–session course, led by Michael Lobel, Professor of Art History at Purchase College, proceeds from the assumption that one of the best ways to understand and appreciate art is by learning how to look at it closely. Participants will learn a specific set of skills and techniques for approaching artworks, including careful visual observation, the vocabulary of description, and an understanding of how viewers interact with the work and vice versa. They will be prompted to think about art not through complicated jargon or overly subjective personal impressions, but rather through the simple tools of observation and description.

Michael Lobel has taught and lectured on art at colleges, universities, and museums for two decades. His writings include three books, numerous exhibition catalog essays, and articles for such publications as Artforum, Art in America, and Art Bulletin. His curatorial projects include the exhibition Fugitive Artist: The Early Work of Richard Prince, 1974-77 for the Neuberger Museum of Art.

Three–session course: September 10, 17; October 1
6:30–8 pm

Enrollment: $300
Members: $215

To register, email courses@whitney.org or call (212) 671-8359. For general inquiries and information related to the course, please email emily_arensman@whitney.org.

Barnett Newman, The Promise, 1949. Oil on canvas, 51 1/2 × 68 1/8 in. (130.8 × 173 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Adriana and Robert Mnuchin  2000.338. © 2009 Barnett Newman Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Barnett Newman, The Promise, 1949. Oil on canvas, 51 1/2 × 68 1/8 in. (130.8 × 173 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Adriana and Robert Mnuchin  2000.338. © 2009 Barnett Newman Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York