Academic Courses

Center for the Study of Modern Art

The Center for the Study of Modern Art offers courses in art history, museum studies, and modern and contemporary art theory and practice. Courses are offered every fall and spring and are in collaboration with regional universities.

Spring 2014 Course


Art, Politics, and American Culture from the Popular Front to the Cold War

Tuesdays, January 14–April 22, 2014, 9:30 am–12 pm

Instructor: Alan Wallach, Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University 

$400, $350 for members
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A critical examination of the relation between the visual arts, politics, and the larger culture from the early 1930s to the early 1950s. Topics include, but are not limited to, the Depression and the rise of the left; the government's new role as patron of the arts (WPA, FSA); regionalism, social realism, and the mural movement; documentary photography and the mass media; the problematic relation of high and popular art; the rise of abstract painting and its eventual "triumph"; American art and the Cold War.

 In collaboration with George Washington University.

About the Partnership with the George Washington University
The Phillips Collection has a wide-ranging partnership with George Washington University, including co-organization of the Conversations with Artists series, internships, an art therapy program, art history courses at the Center, and an annual postdoctoral fellowship position.