Older Adults + Multigenerational Learning

SI’s multigenerational class, Contemporary Art Topics, began in 2018 in partnership with the Educational Alliance Sirovich Center, a nearby center for older adults in the East Village. During the pandemic, SI embarked upon a new opportunity to engage adults of all ages, and connect the older adult students from Sirovich to a wider community through multigenerational classes.

Open to adults of all ages, SI’s Contemporary Art Topics program is a unique discussion-based course designed to investigate current themes and issues being explored by living artists today. Thematically-based and artist-led, these two-hour classes introduce concepts and ideas in contemporary art through lectures, discussions, artists visits, field trips, and studio time.

Past program topics have included: the four elements in contemporary art, contemporary artists creating urban space interventions,  regenerative life cycles in art making,  materials and processes,  use of color in contemporary art practice, history of color materiality, wandering as art, and art through the decades. With Lead Educator Julia Norton.

Please email education(at)swissinstitute(dot)net with any questions.


Reimagining Craft in Contemporary Art

Thursdays, 10am-12pm (Online)

7 Sessions: March 9, March 16, March 23, March 30, [Skip April 6], April 13, April 20, April 27

Optional field trips/workshops: March 11, April 1, and April 15 (subject to change)

The theme for this season’s class, Reimagining Craft in Contemporary Art, explores craft mediums such as textiles, embroidery, ceramics, and woodworking, among others, and looks at how these forms of making are employed by contemporary artists in their work in new and exciting ways. We will deconstruct the narrative of what constitutes the category of “folk” or “outsider” artist with a critical eye on how these groups are discussed and shown within the canon of art history and in arts institutions. Bolstered by the participation of a multigenerational group of artists and learners, each class includes lectures, discussions, slow looking at art, individual and group activities, as well as opportunities to share student artwork. This course aims to center BIPOC, LGBTQ, and multigenerational artists from various backgrounds and mediums in each lesson plan. We will also invite guest artists and thinkers to share their work. Optional weekly readings and assignments will allow for further exploration.

Please email education(at)swissinstitute(dot)net to register.