Art Now focuses on the contemporary art world, the forces producing continuous change and the ubiquitous presence of origins and tradition. We engage new media, technologies and performance while tracing their origins in ancient communities, Shamanism and Ritual. We explore the relationships between new media/performance forms and traditional artistic practice. We ask such questions such as: Why is New York still the capital of the art world? Why has everything in our culture and art become dominated by the money and power of the finance world, by the one-tenth of the one percent? Has money alone become the standard by which art and culture in general are valued? We pursue these questions by learning with guest artists, visiting museums, through imaginative writing, making art and through individual and group projects. Readings may include Meyer Schapiro’s Modern Art , Irving Sandler’s New York School , Harold Rosenberg’s Tradition of the New , John Berger’s Ways of Seeing , Toni Morrison’s Playing in the Dark , Linda Nochlin’s and Lucy Lippard’s work on Women and art and Linda Weintraub’s To Life! Eco Art in the Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet .