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Courses & Workshops

Summer 2015 Course:
How to Look

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. The course teaches a specific set of skills and techniques for studying works of art, including careful visual observation, the vocabulary of description, and an understanding of how viewers interact with a work and vice versa. Each session takes place in the galleries and focuses on specific works in the Whitney’s permanent collection on view in the inaugural exhibition America Is Hard to See.

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: June 8, 15, 22
6:30–8 pm

This course has reached capacity. Please email courses@whitney.org for general inquiries and information about future courses.

Edward Hopper (1882–1967), Early Sunday Morning, 1930. Oil on canvas. Overall: 35 3/16 × 60 1/4 in. (89.4 × 153 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Purchase, with funds from Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney 31.426 © Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper, licensed by the Whitney Museum of American Art

Edward Hopper (1882–1967), Early Sunday Morning, 1930. Oil on canvas. Overall: 35 3/16 × 60 1/4 in. (89.4 × 153 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Purchase, with funds from Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney 31.426 © Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper, licensed by the Whitney Museum of American Art