Course Description

This 2-hour educational walking tour will explore how artwork has helped to transform and renew the west side waterfront neighborhoods of midtown Manhattan. Once semi-abandoned derelict areas, these have now become vibrant business and destination neighborhoods with the help of the power of the art industry, particularly as expressed in public sculpture and other innovative pieces. See and learn about some of the multitude of forms art can take on, and discuss how it can affect us as viewers.


Course Outline

Meet at tour start point for a guided walk through Hudson Yards, Chelsea, and the Meatpacking District. View and discuss various forms of public art on display, and consider their impact on the viewer, and their effect on these changing areas of Manhattan.


Learner Outcomes

  • Gain general knowledge of the neighborhoods included, their features and transformations over time
  • Have an understanding of some of the varied forms art can take and their relationship to their environment
  • Become familiar with the themes chosen by the artists for these site-specific works and their impact on the city
  • Reflect on the impressions made upon them as viewers of the art, and its engagement with these public spaces



Meeting Point: 395 Ninth Avenue, New York, NY 10001. Meet in the plaza in front of One Manhattan West, on the southwest corner of 33rd Street and Ninth Avenue. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before the scheduled 10 AM start time.

End Point: Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014

Student Guidelines: For the best experience, please dress appropriately for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring some water to stay hydrated.


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