APHT

3109

Cultures of Jewelry

Parsons Paris: Paris Art/Design Hist/Theory

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Cultures of Jewelry

Spring 2022 - Paris

Taught By: Rebecca Cavanaugh

Section: PC1

CRN: 7650

Credits: 3

"Since ancient times, people have sought to adorn their bodies with beautiful objects. Unlike clothing, which fulfills the obvious function of protecting the body from the elements even as it enhances our appearance, the functional aspects of jewelry may seem less clear, and jewelry is therefore often seen as little more than a decorative accessory or a status symbol. This class challenges such superficial notions of jewelry. Indeed, its very nature, both in its small scale and in its relationship to the physical body, makes it a unique object type that finds enormous diversity of formal expression, materials, symbolic meaning, and even power despite the limitations that wearability seems to impose on its design. This thematic course will explore jewelry and bodily adornments from around the globe and across the ages, studying not only its formal, technical and material aspects, but also the role it has played – and continues to play – within cultural, social, religious and even political contexts. Our journey will cover topics from Maori talismans to the famed joailliers of the Place Vendôme, and from Ancient Egyptian treasures to avant garde contemporary pieces that question our assumptions about what jewelry is. Historical, theoretical and contextual readings will complement museum visits, lectures, discussions and creative research projects that aim to help students interpret this intimate object type. Open to: All Parsons UG student from SOPH level onwards; HDCS MA students by permission Pre-requisite(s): History of + Intro to class"

College: Parsons Paris (CP)

Department: Paris Art/Design Hist/Theory (APHT)

Campus: Paris (PC)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: January 30, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 14, 2022 (Thursday)

Seats Available: No

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: 9:50am 12/1/2021 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 1:30pm - 4:10pm

Building: Parsons Paris

Room: 502

Date Range: 1/21/2022 - 5/13/2022