Art History Track
The Program and Structure
Want to learn about the history of art and self-expression while immersing yourself in New York City's art world? In our Art History Track, students learn how art has occurred through different mediums at various points in history through a feminist lens. Students will also visit important museums, galleries and explore the thriving art world in New York City, while engaging in different projects.
This track is residential with the option of commuting. Classes take place on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:30 AM- 12:00 PM and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2:00- 4:30 PM EST. Enrichment and student life activities will be held in both the early day and evening time frames (10am EST- 8pm EST).
Instructor: Sarah Hoover
This course will teach a history of feminist artists from the 1960s forward who have used their own trauma in their art, and explore how that has led to their personal and professional growth. Does making art out of trauma lead to exploitation of the self? Does exploitation of the self lead to empowerment? How have feminist artists navigated systems meant to oppress them, and can they operate within these systems successfully? We will explore how the trauma informed personal story can be utilized for art making, fame building, accumulation of resources and healing, and how this can be both beneficial and compromised.
We will visit galleries, museums and internationally recognized artists’ studios—a triple threat of experience normally not available to the public. Class will be a mix of traditional art history lecture and discussions of our visits, assigned texts, and works viewed.
Art History of the Exploited Feminist Self: how women artists have used their traumatized stories of patriarchal violence for healing, fame and money
Sarah Hoover is an art historian, writer, cultural critic and consultant. She holds a masters degree in Cultural Theory from Columbia and a BA in Art History from NYU, and spent the first thirteen years of her career at Gagosian, the world’s largest contemporary art gallery.
Based in New York, Sarah straddles the art, fashion, dance, food, non profit and literary worlds. She is on the fundraising committee at Recess Art and she co-founded the Accelerator Committee at American Ballet Theater. Art Production Fund, Coalition for the Homeless, and Sky High Farm Foundation are other non profits with which she partners to help with fundraising and advocacy.
Her first book, The Motherload, will debut in 2023.
Bridging Curriculum and Community
Community Building Programming
We believe student life does not start and end in the classroom. Each night after class students can choose from 2-3 evening activities led by our Program Assistants.
Program Assistants are current Barnard students who manage small cohorts of student teams. Your PA is a resource for you to ask questions about non academic issues (remember: your Course Assistant is your point of contact for academics). PAs plan and facilitate nightly community building activities such as self care nights, Netflix parties, Broadway shows, and much more.