history and theory of contemporary art (htca)
The shifting and expanding role of visual culture poses increasing challenges for artists, theorists, curators, and institutions. Museums, exhibitions, and other forms of display are not only sites for collecting and placing objects on view; they now encompass alternative experiences and environments and serve as sites for artistic experimentation and intervention in the public sphere. More expansive than a curatorial program and both local and international in scope, Exhibition and Museum Studies considers how socioeconomic, political, and cultural contexts affect the production and presentation of visual phenomena, and how exhibitions become, in and of themselves, formations of contemporary art.
Students may also pursue the MA degree in HTCA through the Dual Degree MA/MFA.