Art Administration in the European Context (Netherlands and Austria)

Photo Essays

Art Administration in the European Context (Netherlands and Austria)

Photos and Captions by Patricia D. Jordan

Star Gazers at the Dutch National Ballet- Amsterdam, The Netherlands. NYU’s Summer Abroad 2006 Art Administration in the European Context showed a broad spectrum of Arts Organization throughout The Netherlands and Austria. A backstage view of the Dutch National Ballet gave us an inside view of what goes into the marketing of a major national ballet and a close-up look at the underbelly of a this enormous theatre house. Our tour included a stop in the dressing rooms where Melissa and Darra took a moment to mug and preen at the make-up cluttered dressing tables.

Costume Collection at The Dutch National Ballet – Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The ballet is all about tootoos. I had to stop for moment to get a shot of the wall of tootoos and other incredible costumes that lined the hallways. Their costume collection was extensive and the elaborate detail of each piece was mind-boggling. The Company was in the middle of an “adopt-a-tootoo” campaign, one of the first of its kind in the country.

City Hall – Den Haag, The Netherlands. This incredible building designed by Richard Meier is the City Hall located in The Hague. After discussing Dutch cultural policy we had a lengthy tour of the building. The Hague is ripe with a blend of traditional and contemporary architecture that gives a very distinct face to the city.

Art and Idea- Vienna , Austria. Near the end of the course we visited Robert Punkenhofer, a former NYU Arts Administration student. The office was in his home and included a detailed discussion of the projects he had created, his successes, failures and the realistic highs and lows a life in Arts Administration can lead us. Bonnie took a moment to relax with a beer while Christina decided to spend some time snooping around this beautiful building.

Claire and Wine at the farewell dinner – Vienna, Austria. Our final day included a typical Viennese dinner at a local restaurant. The evening was spent with wine, schnitzel, and our very own talent contest- prompted by the urging of a fellow student. Students and faculty performed for each other and bemused restaurant patrons who happened to be nearby- dancing, singing, and pretty much anything else they could be coxed into doing… some more willingly than others.