• The first stop of Arts Immersion: New York City 2013 was the Queens Museum of Art for viewing of 'The Panorama,' a 9,335-square-foot architectural model of New York City.

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  • Sophomore Natasha Mmonatau stands in front of a work by Ghanaian artist El Anatsui at the Brooklyn Museum.

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  • Sophomore Jake Winkelman contemplates Kehinde Wiley's 'Passing/Posing (Female Prophet Anne, Who Observes the Presentation of Jesus on the Temple)' at the Brooklyn Museum.

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  • On the way to see HEARD•NY by Nick Cave at Grand Central Station, Emily Mann, center, discovers the 'whispering gallery' with, from left, Katie Straub, Rob Franklin and Chad Kamisugi.

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  • Sophomore Vanessa Zamy gets up close at the Henri Labrouste exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.

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  • Stanford students and recent alumni meet at the young alumni event set up to connect current students with Stanford alumni engaged in the arts in New York City.

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  • Students donned white robes and immersed themselves in an all-encompassing musical journey through Karlheinz Stockhausen's epic electronic masterpiece 'Oktophonie' at the Park Avenue Armory.

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  • Senior Jamie Yuen-Shore travels on the subway to see Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance at the Joyce Theater.

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  • Arts Immersion participants ride the elevator to Ennead Architects, designers of the newly completed Bing Concert Hall and the building under construction for the Anderson Collection of art at Stanford.

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  • Junior Alexis Lucio takes a picture of the Guggenheim Museum skylight.

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  • The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan is part of the 'Art in the Metropolis' sophomore seminar offered during spring break.

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  • Sophomore Clara Luu reads the libretto of 'Otello' on the way to see Verdi's opera at the Metropolitan Opera.

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  • Students Harshitha Ramesh, left, Brittany Newell, Katie Straub, Rob Franklin and Chad Kamisugi walk past the Big Apple Night Club during a walking tour of Harlem.

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  • Rob Franklin views Sam Gilliam's 'Lion's Rock Arc' at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

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  • Natasha Mmonatau carefully takes a picture of Ben Jones' 'Shrine for the Spirit' at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

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  • Clara Luu stands in front of a site-specific iteration of 'American Cypher' by intermedia artists Mendi and Keith Obadike at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

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  • Chad Kamisugi, left, Layne Novak and Jake Winkelman view 'Untitled (Couple)' by Felix Gonzalez-Torres at the New Museum of Contemporary Art.

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  • Arts Immersion: New York 2013 participants gather on the set of the musical 'The Book of Mormon' at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre.

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  • Students Chad Kamisugi, left, Brittany Newell, Natasha Mmonatau and Alexis Lucio listen to closing remarks at the annual Arts Immersion brunch at the home of alumna Katheryn 'Kitty' Patterson and Tom Kempner.

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Art in the Metropolis

“Art in the Metropolis” is a sophomore seminar  offered in conjunction with the annual “Arts Immersion” trip to New York that takes place over spring break and is organized by the Stanford Arts Institute.  The trip, now in its fourth year, provides a group of students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the cultural life of New York City, where they experience a broad range and variety of art forms (visual arts, theater, opera, dance, etc.) and meet with prominent arts administrators and practitioners, some of whom are Stanford alumni.  Said one of the students on returning to campus from New York, “Arts Immersion jumpstarted a cascade of thoughts that have changed the way I view the world and myself.”

The seminar, led by Sarah Curran (the Arts Institute’s program director), Stephen Hinton (faculty director and Professor of Music) and Ellen Tani (a graduate student in Art History), represents a new partnership between the Arts Institute and Stanford Introductory Seminars.  During the class meetings, students reflect on the plethora of experiences that the trip affords and develop individual projects related to works of art, exhibitions, and performances encountered during the stay in New York. The urban setting in which the various art forms are created, presented and experienced constitutes a special point of focus.  A principal aim of the seminar is to develop aesthetic sensibilities through writing critically about the art that particularly interests and engages the participants.  After developing their projects during the spring quarter, students present their work in the symposium with which the course concludes.