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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 Lorraine O

Mar 18, 2020

It could have more theorethical approach, some concepts that we could use to understand a work or just so we could have some specialist information when looking to some art work. But it's a very inspiring course.

By Joanna D

Mar 29, 2020


The course gave me completely new perspectives on the use artists make of a variety of materials including audio, advertising boards, film, personal movement and photographs.

By Héctor M

Mar 3, 2020

it is concrete, it explains from an artist perspective, from a curator perspective and leaves you to analyze art in a diverse way that is profound but at the sea time practical

By Ilona A

May 2, 2020

I have a master's in art history and I found there was a lot to learn and enjoy in this course. I particularly enjoyed how it was structured.

By Katie S H N

Mar 23, 2020

Though I learned something new in this course, I felt that it did not present as broad of viewpoint of contemporary art as I expected.

By Ruta J

Apr 16, 2020

Great examples of contemporary art, quite inspiring if you create yourself. Would have been nice to have a bit of history as well.

By Joy S

Jan 29, 2020

An update on what art is now. Nothing here is ordinary, expected art. All are in unexpected forms. Has no quizzes for a score.

By Diego

Apr 26, 2020

Excelente manera de revisar una diversidad enorme de artistas y propuestas. Ayuda a entrar en el mundo del arte contemporáneo.

By 章晋

Mar 25, 2022


The shallow entry is really suitable for those who do not know much about contemporary art

By Gary E

Feb 27, 2020

Interesting but explores dark, negative themes. Needs a little more positive to give a balanced view.

By Emma C

May 22, 2020

Really enjoyed taking this course. Would recommend to those who know little about contemporary art.

By Espe G

Oct 24, 2020

I found this course eye-opening and entertaining and I believe that it will help me in the future.

By anita a

Jan 31, 2021

It was a wonderful course. How do I get the certificate for this course that I have completed.

By Rohini D h

Aug 6, 2020

A good first glance into contemporary art, very useful for someone who is a complete newbie

By Marge D

May 20, 2020

I enjoyed the course, it was the right level for me, not knowing anything really about art.

By Divya N

Jun 13, 2020

The course was a great eye opener. I wish it had more of a theoretical foundation as well.

By Simran M

May 19, 2020

This course gave me a new way of looking at art from a whole different perspective!

By Valentina Y A S

May 13, 2020

Muy educativo y dinámico, aprendí mucho y mis espectativas fueron superadas

By Afnan S

Apr 25, 2022

The course delved into a variety of topics in the contemporary genre

By Sycamore

May 30, 2020

good course for giving insights into contemporary artists' mindset.

By Good G

Nov 19, 2020

We want more info on the industry structure roles and players.

By Steve M

May 18, 2020

Excellent overview of the landscape of contemporary art.

By Grace

Jun 4, 2020

Me gustaría que fuera mas diverso y con temas actuales.