Art and the City: 1890 to Now

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Gain a unique perspective on the development of the arts by exploring the vibrant relationship between art, artists, and the metropolis from the skyscrapers of New York to London today.

You can learn from our world-class experts wherever you are, whenever suits you: watch lectures live or view the recording later in your own time. You can experience the full breadth and depth of the V&A's collections with more than 40 hours of study over 12 weeks. Learn at your own pace: lecture recordings and study materials, lecture notes, copies of the presentations, and additional study materials are available in our secure Microsoft Teams environment for up to 12 weeks after the course ends, so you'll never miss a thing. And finally, join the conversation: share your perspective with your fellow students, and support each other in your further enquiries outside of class time.

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Portrait of Year Course Director Dr Kathy McLauchlan

Year Course Director
Dr Kathy McLauchlan

Graduated at Oxford University and the Courtauld Institute. In 2001 she completed a PhD thesis on French painters in Rome during the 19th century. A lecturer specialising in 19th-century art history, she is currently a course director at the Victoria & Albert Museum, where she organises courses and study days on the history of art and design.

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Course overview

Join us on this art history course to gain a unique perspective on the development of the arts by exploring their vibrant relationship between art, artists, and the metropolis. At the end of the 19th century cities became rivals as centres for art. They were also increasingly a focal point for new conceptions of human society, ranging between capitals of communist revolution, garden city utopias and dystopian science fiction fantasies. 20th century artists – painters, sculptors, architects, photographers and film makers – played a leading role in defining these and other visions of the city. Expert lecturers examine the rise of the modern metropolis, with case studies on Barcelona, New York, imperial cities, Chicago, Shanghai and London.


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Online course: Art and the City: 1890 to Now

15 April 2024 - 8 July 2024


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