Department Resources

Why we are at an art school

A program in Critical Theory and the Arts that is most of all involved in understanding art should be located at an art school surrounded by students who are up all night making things in their studios and working with distinguished New York City artists. We mean to be right down the hall from the print room, upstairs from animation and around the corner from video, photography and painting. Students in Critical Theory and the Arts will be able to study technical dimensions of art making in a way that is exceptional in an academic setting.

Scholarly Resources

SVA Library, NYU Elmer Bobst Library, Arnold Hauser Slide Library

SVA Library

The Visual Arts Library contains approximately 65,000 books, 400 current periodical titles and 160,000 slides. Electronic resources supplement these holdings with more than 30 online indexes and databases. These include periodical indexes that allow users to search for magazine and journal articles owned by the library and to access full-text information from more than 17,500 periodicals not found in the physical collection. Electronic resources include JSTOR. Other resources include image databases and online encyclopedias. In addition to the research materials housed in the Visual Arts Library and the program’s own library, students in Critical Theory and the Arts have access to the Bobst Library at New York University.

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library

All students in the Critical Theory and the Arts also have nearby access to NYU’s Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, one of the country’s foremost research libraries, located in Greenwich Village. The Bobst Library houses more than 3.3 million volumes, 20 thousand journals, and over 3.5 million microforms and provides access to thousands of electronic resources.

The Arnold Hauser Slide Library

Arnold Hauser’s four volume Social History of the Arts remains an unparalleled examination of the whole of western art. The Arnold Hauser slide library is a digital companion of images to the text. The slide library collection is an on-going collective effort of members of the graduate students in Critical Theory and the Arts.

The slide library was initially compiled—generously—by Taylor Ruby.