Objects as History: Prehistory to Industrialization

Parsons Paris: Paris First Year

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Objects as History

Spring 2021

Taught By:

Section: PC1

CRN: 7266

Credits: 3

Objects as History asks you to look, with care, at how the world of “things” defines who we are and where we have come from. You will learn to ask fundamental questions that allow you to “read” an object: What is it? What are its visual characteristics? Who made it? How was it used? How does it embody the values and beliefs held by its makers and users? When we look at objects we will consider questions about material, style, context, function and process. We will make connections across time periods and cultures from prehistory (times before recorded human histories) to the 19th-century. In this course we will address historical objects in ways that allow you to allow you to enter to the present and to the disciplines you plan to enter as artists, designers and strategic thinkers. This includes critically engaging the frameworks we use to determine what “counts” as art and design, how it is understood, what is considered valuable, and to whom. This might include engaging with current debates about museums as institutions, restitution of objects to the places and cultures from which they were taken, and where art and design even belongs. The course aims to create a common visual vocabulary useful to all students through lecture, analysis, discussion and direct experience with works.

College: Parsons Paris (CP)

Department: Paris First Year (APFY)

Campus: Paris (PC)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 30

Add/Drop Deadline: February 8, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 13, 2021 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:25pm 3/3/2021 EST

Meeting Info::

Days: TBD

Times: TBD

Building: Parsons Paris

Room: 200

Date Range: 1/18/2021 - 5/10/2021