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About the Course

What is contemporary art? In this course, you’ll consider this question through more than 70 works of art made between 1980 and the present, with a focus on art from the past decade. You’ll hear directly from artists, architects, and designers from around the globe about their creative processes, materials, and inspiration. Five themes serve as your guide: Media from Television to the Internet, Territories & Transit, Materials & Making, Agency, and Power. You’ll look at 3-D–printed glass and fiber sculptures, performances in a factory and a museum, painted portraits—as well as those made with artificial intelligence—and interventions into television and video games. And much more, all drawn from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art. Come along as artists invite us into their studios, out into their neighborhoods, and to experiment with the materials they use. Not only will you develop a deeper understanding of how artists work today, you’ll also explore some of their many approaches to the pressing issues and questions of our time. By taking this course, you’ll gain confidence to look at contemporary art wherever you encounter it and make connections to your own life or creative practice....

Top reviews


Jun 26, 2020

Excellent, informative course, with much diversity. I laughed and smiled, felt awe and inspiration, cried and felt the pain and the beautiful defiance of pieces I might have never appreciated before.


May 3, 2020

Very interesting and easily consumable resources, lots of video, audio, and short text so it was very fun and accessible. They have a good diversity of artists across ethnicity, sex, and country.

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By Dom A

May 27, 2020

dope visceral in depth perspective changing

By Elio M

May 13, 2020

Fue un recorrido fascinante y aleccionador!

By Maria A M

Mar 30, 2020

very interesting and easy to digest format.

By Lulzim H

May 14, 2020

The best course during quarantine times :)

By Catherine A

Sep 14, 2022

I really enjoyed this - highly recommend

By Chew K m

Mar 7, 2021

it is a eye opening experience. thank you

By Sharon E

Jun 10, 2020

Really wonderfully well-organized content

By Pedro S

May 6, 2020

A really good primer on contemporary art!

By Pablo B

Apr 20, 2020

Didactic, interactive and easy to digest.

By Julia U

Mar 16, 2020

Fantastico! Pieno di Artisti da scoprire!

By Marie W

Jul 7, 2020

A really informative course. I loved it!

By Murali R

May 13, 2020

Amazing depth of explanation and effort.

By Elena M

May 11, 2022

excelente, muy claro y fácil de seguir

By Stephen F

Jun 11, 2020

Great introduction to Contemporary Art.

By Sagita C

Aug 23, 2022

I Love coursera really much, Thank You


Mar 28, 2022

Definitely worth the time and effort.

By Nuno C

Dec 11, 2020

Great and super interactive.

I Love it

By Rohit S

Jul 4, 2020

A course that offers so much to learn.

By Wagner B

May 21, 2020

Amazing course! I strong recommend it.

By Paul C

Apr 29, 2020

Excellent course, thank you very much.

By Limmikyoung

Oct 20, 2020

Thank you for MOMA's Awesome Crews!!

By Kseniia M

May 24, 2020

Thank you for amazing and large work!

By James W

Oct 22, 2022

Learned SO MUCH in a short course.

By Alessia G

Jan 5, 2022

Useful and interesting, eye-opening


Feb 21, 2021

A very impressive study experience!