Contemporary Art 101 Lecture Series and Classes


Contemporary Art 101 is a Members-only art history lecture series at the Art School. This spring, we are delighted to continue this wildly popular series with Dr. Kate Green, featuring eye-opening lectures on various topics in contemporary art since the 1990s.

Contemporary Art 101 is available in both a daytime and evening session. Both series start February 2. Space is limited!

Please register for the full course of seven lectures online at the links below or by phone at 512 458 8191. You may also email [email protected] with questions or to register.



Designed as a follow-up to the museum’s fall lecture series, this sequential course, led by art historian Dr. Kate Green, seeks to understand contemporary practice in the context of the past twenty-five years of artistic production. Sessions are organized around themes addressed by artists since the 1990s and their signal exhibitions.

Each class includes concise reading material as well as a printed list of images to take away.


Day Session: Contemporary Art 101
Thursdays, 3–4:30P, Art School at Laguna Gloria, Studio 8
$200 for the full series (Members only)
REGISTER ONLINE or by phone at 512 458 8191
BYO lunches are welcome!

Evening Session: Contemporary Art 101 + Wine
Thursdays, 6-8P, Art School at Laguna Gloria, Studio 8
$225 for the full series (Members only)
REGISTER ONLINE or by phone at 512 458 8191
Wine will be included, courtesy of our Art 101 Wine Sponsor The Austin Wine Merchant.


Both day and evening sessions meet Thursdays.

February 2 Critiquing Institutions: Andrea Fraser’s Museum Highlight (1989) and Fred Wilson’s Mining the Museum (1992)

February 9 Identity Politics: 1993 Biennial and Coco Fusco and Guillermo Gomez-Peña’sThe Year of the White Bear and Two Undiscovered Amerindians Visit the West (1992)

March 2 Market Surge: Let’s Entertain (1997) & Sensation (1999-2000)

March 23 Globalism: Cities on the Move (1997-2000), The Short Century (2001), and Global Feminisms (2007)

March 30 Social Art: Rikrit Tiravanija and Carsten Höller; Tania Bruguera and Project Row Houses

April 13 Spectacle and Presence: The case of Marina Abramovic and Seven Easy Pieces

April 20 Experience: Take Me (I’m Yours) (2016-2017) and Tino Sehgal


Instructor Kate Green received her Ph.D. in art history from The University of Texas at Austin and her M.A. in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. As an art historian, she specializes in American art since 1960 and the history of exhibitions. She teaches art history at The University of Texas at Austin and has taught courses at Trinity University and Texas State University. As a curator, she specializes in contemporary art. She has worked at, among other institutions, MoMA PS 1 / MoMA, Dia Art Foundation, and Artpace, where she developed and oversaw that institution’s curatorial and education departments. Green writes about modern and contemporary art for Art in America,, and Modern Painters.

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