The Master’s program in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism, now in its eighteenth year, offers a unique opportunity for students to concentrate on modern art at the graduate level. The program focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century art, with an emphasis on contemporary art making. The department offers more than 50 courses each semester. Course titles range from “Haitian Ritual Art” to “Rethinking the Moving Image”. Concentration on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries enables students to receive an extraordinary education in modern and contemporary art. The School’s affiliation with the Art Institute of Chicago provides opportunities for museum work, and close connections with Chicago’s galleries allow students to explore the relationship between the art market and academic or institutional art.
The offerings in art history are complemented by equally diverse and specialized courses in theory, from deconstruction to gender studies, and in the history, theory, and practice of art criticism. The Master’s program is an ideal starting place for careers in museums and galleries, as well as for more advanced work at the Ph. D. level. The diversity of the graduates’ Master’s theses reflects the variety of faculty and student interests, from Freud to Pop Art, from documentary video to gastronomy in world art and culture. That variety reflects well the diversity of art practice beyond the bounds of ordinary graduate study.