Visual Arts at Lang
Consistent with the philosophy that guides the Arts major at Eugene Lang College, The Visual Arts program provides a distinctive undergraduate studies in visual art within a liberal arts context. Featuring interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary seminar and the studio formats, the curriculum emphasizes the history and practice of visual arts and allows students to explore a broad range of media.
Art history courses highlight both modern and contemporary art themes within a rigorous framework, while courses in drawing and contemporary art foster individual expression and critical engagement without sacrificing a solid foundation. At Lang, we are committed to the idea of art as an intellectual activity, acknowledging its historical role within the liberal arts system.
Visual Arts at Lang stresses the important interaction between theory and practice by providing the hands-on components traditional seminars lack and integrating reading and writing into studio courses. Because Lang's flexible schedule allows for a more rounded and inclusive education, the majority of visual arts students spend less time in studios than their peers in traditional art schools. Consistent with The New School's commitment to social and cultural inquiry, students are encouraged to engage art with reference to wider context. Whether that context is social or environmental, the Visual Arts program promotes the creation of art that reflects political, technological, and philosophical concerns.
Areas of studies within Visual Arts include drawing, photography, art history, and curatorial practices. Students may also take advantage of the numerous courses cross-listed with Parsons The New School for Design. Students who are interested in pursuing a dual degree may undertake a BA/BFA program at Lang and at Parsons.
Lang’s location in Greenwich Village is conducive to the study and enjoyment of art in all media. Once home to a vibrant artists community, the Village is in proximity to the major art gallery hubs of SoHo and Chelsea, as well as the more recent galleries of the East Village, the Lower East Side, and the Meatpacking district. Courses regularly include outings to these venues and institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Rubin Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the New Museum. The New School has developed partnerships with many of these institutions and offers courses tailored around specific exhibitions and related topics.
A burgeoning visiting artist program brings workshops and presentations by eminent artists to Lang. Visiting artists to Visual Arts have included Eve Mosher, Martha Rosler, the group "Artists Against the War," and Alyce Santoro.
The college hosts exhibitions in a variety of media at the Skybridge Art and Sound Space. Students registered in the Skybridge Curatorial Project class curate and install three shows per semester, ranging from work made by students or visiting artists to class project showcases. Students enrolled in Skybridge Soundscape (IS) are in charge of arranging and curating the sound installations for these exhibitions.
Internships with local art venues and art institutions help students develop professionally and give them real-world experience by tapping into New York City’s vast cultural resources. Graduates in the Visual Arts track are prepared to be professionally active as, among many other things, artists, curators, art historians, art writers, photographers, photojournalists, educators, cultural promoters and community organizers.
Prospective students with questions about the Visual Arts program can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Janet Kraynak,Visual Arts Program Coordinator, KraynakJ@newschool.edu
Jennifer Riegle, Associate Director for the Arts