Artsy names City College’s MA in Art History as one of the top programs in the United States.

City College’s MA in Art History prepares its graduates for careers as art historians and art museum professionals.

The program offers three possible tracks for the MA degree:

  • Art History (30 credits)
  • Art History with a concentration in Art Museum Studies (36 credits)
  • Art History with a concentration in Art Museum Education (36 credits)

Courses build expertise in the history and theory of art; the history, theory, and professional standards of art museums; and the theory and practice of art museum education. CCNY’s internationally recognized faculty members teach courses in the arts of Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America. All graduate courses meet once a week for three hours.

The program draws upon the resources of New York City’s dynamic arts sector. Students have the opportunity to obtain internships in New York museums, galleries, and cultural institutions. The MA degree prepares students to pursue careers in a range of art institutions, and/or to further their studies by going on to Ph.D. programs. Full-time students ideally take two years to complete the degree. 


Theories and Methods for the Global Modern

Friday, April 8, 2016, 3:00 – 6:30 pm 

Art Department, The City College of New York
Compton-Goethals Hall, Room 249
160 Convent Avenue (140th Street and Amsterdam Avenue)

The Art Department at The City College of New York, CUNY is pleased to present a group exhibition of new works by Studio Art MFA Alumni, Co-Curated by Jannette Jwahir Hawkins and Marcie Revens, Of A Sacred Dimension reflects the deeply personal visions of six artists working from a range of lived experiences and tackling what it means to make art in the current economic, social, and political climate.

Theories and Methods for the Global Modern​

Today’s global turn in art history and museum curating is spurred by recent escalations of economic and cultural globalization. Many publications and museum interventions accordingly emphasize contemporary art, celebrating diversity and inclusivity in the art world. Does the new global field especially encompass the 20th-century and the contemporary, even though globalization as a phenomenon is nothing new? Indeed, since at least the 15th century, when trade networks grew truly worldwide, and since the 19th century, when modern imperial systems expanded, the global has become historical. Centuries of far-ranging artistic exchanges can now be examined through historical documents and other forms of evidence and inquiry. This symposium throws global modern artistic phenomena open to the widest possible understanding of modernity, considering early modern through contemporary eras. The symposium seeks to grapple with “global” modern art history as an emerging field—including its core methodologies and concerns, exciting possibilities, and potential pitfalls.  

  • Clare Davies
    Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art –
    Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey, Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the Beginning, After the End: The Origins of the Modern Egyptian Art Object
  • Thomas Dacosta Kaufmann
    Frederick Marquand Professor of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University
    Ranges of Response: Asian Appropriation of European Art and Culture
  • Anneka Lenssen
    Assistant Professor – Global Modern Art, University of California, Berkeley
    Sight/Sensation: Global Modernism in the Arab East
  • Kavita Singh

    Associate Professor – Arts & Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    Museums and Monuments, on the Globe and in the World
  • Eugene Wang

    Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art, Harvard University
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