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ARTSINST 11Q: Art in the Metropolis

Student in front of artwork in a gallery taken during a previous Stanford Arts Immersion to New York. Toni Gauthier.

Meet the Instructor | General Education Requirement

Course Description

This seminar is offered in conjunction with the annual "Arts Immersion" trip to New York that takes place over the spring break and is organized by the Stanford Arts Institute (SAI). Enrollment in this course is a requirement for taking part in the trip (and vice versa). The program is designed to provide a group of students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the cultural life of New York City guided by faculty and SAI staff. Students will experience a broad range and variety of art forms (visual arts, theater, opera, dance, etc.) and will meet with prominent arts administrators and practitioners, some of whom are Stanford alumni. For further details and updates about the trip, please visit the Stanford Arts Institute website.

In the seminar, we will prepare for the diverse experiences the trip affords and develop individual projects related to particular works of art, exhibitions, and performances that we’ll encounter in person during the stay in New York. The urban setting in which the various forms of art are created, presented, and received will form a special point of focus. A principal aim of the seminar will be to develop aesthetic sensibilities through writing critically about the art that interests and engages us.

The Arts Immersion trip is subsidized by an Arts Institute endowment, but students are responsible for some minimal on-site costs. Details are available on the Arts Immersion website.

Please note this seminar has a special application process and application deadline of October 28th, 2022 (Deadline Extended). Please visit the Arts Immersion website to learn more and subscribe to the Arts Update for updates and info session announcements. 

Apply here by October 28, 2022 to be considered for the trip and enrollment in the Winter Quarter IntroSem.If admitted, students must reserve 3 units of space on their Winter study list for the IntroSem.

Acceptance Notification: November 18, 2022.
Travel to New York: March 25–April 1, 2023.

General Education Requirement

Meet the Instructor

Jean Ma

Jean Ma teaches in the Film and Media Studies program in the Department of Art and Art History. Her previous courses include the introductory seminar Darkness in Light: The Cinematic Imagination of Horror, along with Listening to Film Sound, Out of Order: Nonlinear Storytelling, Contemporary Asian Filmmakers, Paris: City of Film, Intro to Film Studies, and Theories of the Moving Image. She has published books on time in contemporary Chinese art cinema (Melancholy Drift: Marking Time in Chinese Cinema), singing actresses in the Shanghai and Hong Kong film industries (Sounding the Modern Woman: The Songstress in Chinese Cinema), and sleep in film and moving image art (At the Edges of Sleep: Moving Images and Somnolent Spectators).