May 7, 2020

Looking at art is a great way to immerse yourself in new ideas and change your way of looking at the world. If you’re looking for a way to brush up on your knowledge, the Musem of Modern Art has a selection of free online classes led by curators, artists and designers that examine key themes in their collection. From photography to fashion, MoMA’s online courses can be completed at any time – no pressure or stress just pure enjoyment. Keep reading for a list of courses you can sign up for today!


View of MoMA’s Courtyard in New York City

What Is Contemporary Art?

What is contemporary art? In this course, students will explore this question through more 70 + works of art made between 1980 and the present day, with a focus on art made during the past decade. The syllabus is broken down into video, audio and text to make the content easy to digest. This is a great course for anyone who has no previous knowledge of art history but is interested in exploring new subject matters. The course takes ~12 hours to complete. Register for the course here.

Modern Art & Ideas

Using works from MoMA’s expansive collection as a point of reference, this course teaches students about MoMA’s collection through four themes: Places & Spaces, Art & Ideas, Transforming Everyday Objects, and Art & Society. Rather than focussing on time period, this course is designed to help bridge the gap between where you are and where modern art begins. Register for the course here.

Seeing Through Photographs

What did photography look like before the age of Instagram? This comprehensive 15-hour course covers the history of photography, documentary photography, portrait photography and nature photography. Instructed by Sarah Meister, who has been a Curator at the Museum of Modern Art since 2009, this is a great course for anyone who is passionate about capturing images. Register for the course here.

Fashion as Design

Learn about fashion through the lens of design in MoMA’s Fashion as Design course. By tracing history through clothing and accessories, this course discusses various style trends and how they have come to represent key moments in history. Register for the course here.

Each of these courses will help you improve your understanding of modern and contemporary art and design.

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