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    New York Trip

    Each year during senior seminar in October the senior art majors travel to New York. The students, together with several faculty members from the art department, as well as other scholars, artists and guests spend the week visiting museums and galleries showing contemporary art. The itinerary includes not only large group visits to major museums, but also opportunities to visit artists' studios, galleries and other places of interest in small groups.

    There is also time for students to pursue their own interests. The experience of seeing works of art together at first hand complements our on-campus courses. The art we study together often becomes the subject of art history students' senior theses as well as a source of stimulation and inspiration for art studio projects. It also offers our students a common experience of art to discuss throughout the year that ties in with our program of speakers and visiting artists. In addition meetings with alumni with careers in the arts gives students insights about graduate work and careers. Several endowed funds pay students' travel expenses and provide financial aid.

    The annual Colorado College Art Department trip to New York takes place in October every year. Professors of Art History and Art Studio lead the trip.

    • Waiting on the steps of the Metropolitian Museum of Art
    • Students at a Polly Apfelbaum show in Chelsea
    • Professor Rebecca Tucker and students at the Cloisters
    • Visiting the Museum of Modern Art before open hours
    • Final group discussion at the Met following a visit to the Noguchi Museum in Queens
    • Students in the Ratti Textile Center at the Met with Jeanne Steiner



    All students should be aware that although the Art Department is sponsoring this trip, we will not be providing direct supervision. However, if any student needs advice or assistance while in New York, we will be happy to make ourselves available.

    Admission charges for all group visits are paid by the Art Department.

    Please note that all activities are required (unless otherwise indicated). Students are expected to arrive on time. We will not be able to wait for late arrivals. If you fail to show up for an activity you signed up for, you will be considered absent. You will be severely penalized for repeated failure to attend required activities, to the point of being sent home. 


    The Art Department requires all senior majors to undertake substantive independent work, which results in a thesis in art history or an exhibition of their work in art studio. This year-long capstone experience is intended to test a student's ability to work independently over an extended period of time on a subject that they have identified as having personal significance. The annual trip to New York for senior art majors is an integral part of the capstone experience.

    In 1985-86 the Getty Trust made an extraordinary gift to the Colorado College Art Department in honor of Harold E. Berg, CC class of 1936. As a response to this gift, the department developed one of the most unusual undergraduate research opportunities in the country, an intense experience of visits to museums, galleries and artists’ spaces in New York for senior majors together with art faculty and staff. The New York trip has taken place every year since 1986, and the Berg Endowment continues to underwrite the annual event. Hence, the department expects all participants in the New York trip to see themselves as stewards of the Berg Endowment and invested participants in this larger historic legacy.

    The Art Department at Colorado College is a joint art history/art studio department both in name and spirit. We believe that neither of the two branches of our discipline can be meaningfully studied without the other. While this commitment is articulated in a variety of ways through the seminar year, it is most decidedly expressed in the design and substance of the New York Trip. This joint endeavor is an organized research trip designed to study original works of art and support thesis work. As such, your participation and engagement with the trip will be evaluated and incorporated into your senior seminar grade.


    Journals due date to be assigned. Please turn in to Guyda in the Art Department Office

    You are expected to keep a visual and textual journal that tracks your experience during this trip.  It is a place to gather images, quotations, writings, sketches, and other substantive materials that work together to record your thoughts and impressions. Above all, it is a place for you to critically reflect upon what you encounter. 

    The journal will consist of:

    • Your own observations in words and/or images, which should comprise the bulk of the journal
    • Your specific responses in words and/or images to the required activities each day. There is no set form for these responses—they may take the form of essays, annotated sketches, collages, etc.
    • An account of your independent project

    The New York trip is an opportunity to hone your visual skills and verbal tools for responding to works of art. We encourage you to engage in careful and thoughtful close looking and to incorporate your responses into your journal. Art History and Studio students can benefit from looking at artworks together and exchanging points of view.

    During the Block 3 Art Department Tea, we will share journals and sketchbooks from the New York Trip. 



    The Pod Hotel, 230 E. 51st St. (212) 355-0300


    Colorado College Switchboard (719) 389-6000

    For faculty cell phone numbers consult your printed itinerary


    Most of Manhattan is laid out on a grid: 

    • Numbered streets run east and west, numbers increasing as you go uptown (north). 
    • Avenues run north and south, and 5th Avenue divides east and west addresses.
    • Numbers of avenues increase as you go west (8th Avenue is west of 7th).
    • 20 street blocks (north-south) = 1 mile.  Distance between avenues is greater than streets.
    • Avenue of the Americas = 6th Avenue
    • Buy a “7 DAY UNLIMITED RIDE” Metro Card for $29 (includes as many local bus and subway rides you want to take in a 7-day period, including transfers).  The Metro Card can be purchased at subway stations. 
    • Remember the pass is good only for 7 days from the time of its first use, if you use it the first day, it will not work past Tuesday the 25th.  It will be good until midnight of the 7th day.  Free maps of Manhattan for bus routes and subways are available in subway stations.
    • Buses go uptown (north) on Madison and 3rd Avenues, downtown (south) on 2nd, Lexington and 5th Avenues. 
    • Subways are marked EXPRESS and LOCAL.  EXPRESS trains stop only at express stops.  LOCAL trains stop at all stations.  The nearest subway station to the Pod is at 51st St. and Lexington Avenue. It is a LOCAL station only. Downtown and uptown platforms have    entries on opposite sides of Lexington Avenue.
    • Have your CC student ID at all times.  Many discounts are available.
    • Keep your itinerary and journal with you at all times.
    • NY CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU is located at 810 Seventh Avenue (between 52nd & 53rd).  You can pick up street, bus and subway maps, show tickets, activities, etc.  Hours:  8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. weekdays, 8:00 a.m..-5:00 p.m. weekends (212-484-1200)



    From POD Hotel, take a "6" train at Lexington Ave. and 51st St. downtown to Spring St. Use the SOHO maps in the Gallery Guide for reference. A few of the galleries open at 10:00 a.m., but most will not open until 11:00 a.m. Check the Gallery Guide for times and exact dates of shows. Some galleries are not well marked, or take a little hunting to find the right floor, elevator, etc., so allow plenty of time. As SOHO is close to Chinatown, take advantage of the opportunity to see that, if only to have a good, cheap lunch. To see a lot of shows quickly in SOHO, go to the Broadway gallery buildings (594, 578, 568 and 560 Broadway). Some of these buildings have up to 20 galleries apiece.

    SOHO is a neighborhood in lower Manhattan (SO)uth of (HO)uston St. It was formerly a manufacturing area and has a distinctive character. During the 1960's artists moved into vacated factory lofts where they could live and work very economically. In time, galleries began opening, and these galleries were noted for showing younger artists, in contrast to the established galleries on 57th St. This market blossomed in the 1970's, and has subsequently attracted a large number of commercial enterprises related to art and artists. The area is now a popular destination for tourists, and Saturday is the busiest day. SOHO went through a boom and bust period in the 1980's, and while a number of stable galleries remain, others go in and out of business on a regular basis. Property values are now very high, and some of the newer galleries are surprisingly small. There are many interesting shops and restaurants in SOHO.


    A more recently established gallery district can be found in the Chelsea neighborhood, between 20th and 26th Sts. and 10th and 11th Aves. Well-known galleries have moved here in recent years, and you will also find emerging galleries and artists. The DIA Center for the Arts often has very interesting exhibits, and it is located at 548 W. 22nd St.


    This is the oldest gallery area, located between 6th Ave. and Lexington Ave. Many world-famous artists are represented, including those of historical interest. Its location makes it convenient to the Pod Hotel.


    Interior Design Showrooms, 3rd Ave., between 50th & 60th Sts.

    Little Italy, Mulberry St., north of Hester St., Lower Manhattan (see map)

    Chinatown, south of Canal St., north of Worth St., west of Bowery (see map)



    Look at listings in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, The New York Press and others. Time Out New York is conveniently divided into sections very easy to understand, such as entertainment, food, etc. Also, you can pick up the Gallery Guide at most galleries. Most of these publications have extensive web sites. For a weekly on-line schedule of "hip" art and performance events. Sign up for the weekly calendar at FlavorPill.


    The Film Forum, 209 W. Houston, 627-2035

    Angelika Film Center 18 west Houston St. (between Broadway and Mercer) shows independent films.

    Also: MOMA, Whitney, Japan Society have film showings occasionally.


    Metropolitan Museum, costume collection


    Performance Space 122,150 1st Ave. at 9th St., (212) 477-5829. On days of performances, box office opens for walk-up sales (4:00 p.m.-show time)

    P.S. 1 Contemporary Art, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, at the intersection of 46th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101 (718) 784-2084  This space is a branch of MoMA—entry ticket to MoMA is good here on the same day.


    Cooper Union Building, 41 Cooper Square.  Thom Mayne, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect who heads the Santa Monica-based firm Morphosis.  This is the first building by Mayne in New York, a really compelling project in the East Village that holds offices, laboratories and classrooms for the Cooper Union, a college in Manhattan's East Village.  Interior is open only on public tours.  Call (212) 353-4220.

    IBM Building, Edward Larrabee Barnes (Architect of Packard Hall), 590 Madison at 57th St.

    Grand Central Terminal, Park Ave. at 42nd St. There is an architecture tour at 12:30 p.m. Terminal hours 5:30 am until 2:00 am. $15.00 for students.

    The High Line – Located on Manhattan’s west side.  It runs from Gansevoort St in the Meatpacking District to 34th St, between 10th & 11th Ave.  Park info – (212) 500-6035.  Hours 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. daily.  Look for art installation along its length. 

    Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam. Ave. Open daily from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (212) 316-7540.

    St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 14 E 51st Street, Daily 6:30 a.m. – 8:45 p.m. (212) 753-2261.

    Rockefeller Center, 47th-50th Streets, between 5th & 6th Avenues.  Take a look at the Radio City Music Hall lobby and the underground concourse.  Compare to Trump Tower, 725 5th Ave. between 56th & 57th Sts.  Information (212) 832-2000.Open weekdays 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Art & Architecture Tours 7 days a week beginning at 10:00 a.m.  Ticket sales & information (212) 689-2000.


    Pearl Paints, world’s largest art supply discount store, 308 Canal St., Mon.-Fri., 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Sat 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., Sun 10:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m.  (212) 431-7932.


    Barnes & Noble Sale Annex Textbook Store, 5th Ave. between 17th & 18th Sts.,  Used text book headquarters. 105 Fifth Ave & 6 E. 18th St, New York NY  10003. Mon-Sat 10:00 am- 8:00 p.m., Sun 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., (212) 807-0099.

    Strand Bookstore - 18 Miles of Books at 828 Broadway (the corner of 12th Street and Broadway) 212-473-1452 Mon-Sat 9:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.  Rare Book Room closes daily at 6:15 p.m. Sunday 11:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Take the N R Q W 4 5 6 or L train to Union Square. Walk two blocks south to 12th Street. (212) 473-1452.

    Compleat Sculptor, 90 Vandam St., Mon, 9:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m., Tues & Wed 9:00 a.m.– 8:00 p.m.,Thurs & Fri 9:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m., Sat 10:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m., Sun – closed.  (212)243-6074.

    Utrecht Art Supplies - Several Locations, one of which is 237 W 23rd Street (212) 675-8699 , Mon – Fri 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sat 10:00 a.m.—7:00 p.m., Sun. 11:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m.


    American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St. Ph. (212)-769-5100
    Hours: Daily, 10:00 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Admission: $12/student (with id)

    Asia Society, 725 Park Ave. at 70th St. Ph. (212) 288-6400
    Hours: Tues.-Sun. 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Friday free from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    Admission: $5.00/student

    Brooklyn Museum of Art, 200 Eastern Parkway at Prospect Park. Ph. (718) 638-5000
    Hours: Wed.-Fri. 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Sat. 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. and Sun. 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
    Admission: $6.00/student

    The Cloisters, Fort Tryon Park. Take the Madison Ave. #4 bus marked Cloisters. Ph. (212) 923-3700
    Hours: Tues.- Sun. 9:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
    Admission: $10.00 student.
    Included with same-day admission to the Met.

    Cooper-Hewitt Museum, 2 East 91st at 5th Ave. Ph. (212) 849-8400
    Hours: Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Sat. 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
    & Sun 12:00 Noon-6:00 p.m. Admission: $10.00/student

    Fashion Institute of Technology 7th Ave. at 27th St. Ph. (212) 217-4558
    Museum Hours Tues.-Fri. 12:00 Noon - 8:00 p.m. and Sat 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Admission Free

    The Frick Collection
    1 East 70th St., Ph. 212-288-0700
    Hours: Tues – Sat 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sun 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays and Holidays. Admission: $10.00 Student, $20.00 General

    Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
    1071 5th Ave at 89th Street, Ph. 212-423-3500 (only lower levels open)
    Hours: Sun – Wed 10:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., Fri 10:00 – 5:45 p.m., Sat – 10:00 a.m. – 7:45 p.m., Closed Thursdays. Admission: $18.00 Students, $22.00 Adults

    International Center of Photography
    1133 6th Ave. (Avenue of the Americas) at 43rd St.  Ph. (212) 857-0000
    Hours: Tues - Thurs 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m., Fri 10:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m., Sat-Sun 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.  Closed Mondays. Admission:  $10/student, general admission $14.

    Japan Society of New York - Gallery
    333 East 47th St.  Ph. (212) 832-1155
    Hours:  Tue-Thurs 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, Fri 11:00 am – 9:00 pm, Sat & Sun 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Admission:  $10.00 w/student ID; $12.00 general.  Box office (212) 715-1258.

    Jewish Museum
    1109 5th Ave. at 92nd St.  Ph. (212) 423-3200
    Hours: Fri – Tues 11:00 am – 5:45 pm, (closed Wed), Thurs 11:00 am – 8:00 pm, Free Saturdays (Some exhibitions may be closed) Admission:  $7.50/student; $15.00 general.

    The Met
    1000 Fifth Avenue @ 82nd St., Ph. (212) 535-7710
    Sun – Thurs 10:00 a.m.– 5:30 p.m., Fri & Sat 10:00 a.m.– 9:00 p.m. mission: $12/student, $25/adult; suggested amounts - pay as you wish.

    Museum of Arts & Design (MAD)
    2 Columbus Circle,   Ph.(212) 299-7777
    Hours:  Tues - Sun 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Thurs - Fri 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., closed Mondays and holidays. Admission:  $12.00/student (with ID), $16.00 general. Thurs from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Pay-What-You-Wish

    The Museum of Modern Art
    11 West 53rd St., Ph.  212-708-9400
    Hours: Sun - Thurs 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Fri 10:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sat – 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Admission: $14 Students, $25 General

    National Museum of the American Indian
    Alexander Hamilton U. S. Custom House, One Bowling Green  Ph. (212) 514-3700
    Hours:  10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily, Thurs – 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Admission:  Free

    Neue Galerie
    1048 5th Ave at 86th St., Ph.  212-628-6200
    Hours: Thurs – Mon 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Closed Tues and Wed.  Admission: $10 Students, $20 General

    New Museum of Contemporary Art
    235 Bowery, Ph. (212) 219-1222
    Hours:  Wed 11:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m., Thurs 11:00 a.m.– 9:00 p.m., Fri – Sun 11:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m., Mon & Tues – closed (free Thurs evenings 7:00 9:00 p.m.) Admission:  Students, $10, General,  $14

    New York Historical Society
    170 Central Park West, Between 76th and 77th St.  Phone: 212-873-3400
    Museum & Store Hours: Tues – Thurs & Sat 10:00 a.m.– 6:00 p.m., Sun 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Mon – closed. Library Hours:  Tues – Fri 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Sat 10:00 – 1:00 pm, Closed Sun & Mon.  Admission: $12.00 Students, $18.00 General

    Pierpont Morgan Library
    225 Madison Ave., Ph. (212) 685-0008 Take 5th Ave. bus downtown, walk one block to Madison Ave.Hours: Tues -Thurs. 10:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Fri. 10:30 a.m.- 9:00 p.m., Sat. 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. & Sun. 11:00 - 6:00 p.m. Admission: $10/student, $15/adults

    The Studio Museum in Harlem
    144 West 125th St.  Ph. (212) 864-4500.
    Hours:  Mon – Wed:  closed, Thurs & Fri 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Sat 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Target free Sunday (free admission thanks to Target) 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Admission:  $3.00/Student; Adults $7.00

    Whitney Museum of American Art
    945 Madison Ave at 75th St. Ph. (212) 570-3600
    Hours: Wed – Thurs 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Fri 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (6:00-9:00 p.m. pay-what-you-wish-admission), Sat – Sun 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Closed Mon & Tues.  Admission: $16.00 Students, $20.00 General

    You might also want to pick up the Village Voice & The New York Press.  Both will tell what is going on where.  The Time Out New York is conveniently divided into sections very easy to understand, such as entertainment, food, etc.  Also, you can pick up the Gallery Guide at most galleries.


    Sunset view from River Café (Brooklyn Heights, right off Brooklyn Bridge).

    Rush hour (5:00 p.m.), 3rd Ave. & 42nd St. Watch the crowds of people going home.  Also check out Wall St. and Grand Central Station.

    Empire State Building, 5th Ave. between 33rd & 34th Sts. Open 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Mon-Sun. (212) 736-3100. $27.00 adult admission main deck.

    Staten Island Ferry (IRT Lexington Ave. Express to Bowling Green), FREE & runs every ½ hour all day.

    The New York Public Library, 5th Ave. at 42nd St. Free 1 hour tour Thurs 2:00 p.m. @reception desk on street level.   Mon-Sat, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sun 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  (917) 275-6975

    Early morning or evening walk across Brooklyn Bridge.