Redefining Modernity

Parsons Paris: Paris Art/Design Hist/Theory

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Redefining Modernity

Spring 2020

Taught By: Rebecca Cavanaugh

Section: PC1

CRN: 5056

Credits: 3

Expressing modernity was of prime importance to designers and decorative artists in the early decades of the 20th century, spurring the development of a number of new styles and design movements in France and beyond. L’Art Nouveau, the “New Art” of the Belle Epoque, heralded a definitive break from previous styles, launching a quest to develop a design program that would give rise to Art Déco and Modernism as it sought to define the new era – an era marked by changing social mores and political ideals, mass industry and technology, an increasingly high-speed global world, and the horrors of modern warfare. This class will trace the origin and development of these self-consciously modern stylistic and idealistic movements in Europe from 1900 to 1939, examining their expression through architecture, product design, fashion and interiors. Our focus will be on French production, which we will explore through Parisian collections and temporary exhibitions.

College: Parsons Paris (CP)

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

Campus: Paris (PC)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 8

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment 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: 12:56am 8/23/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 1:30pm - 4:10pm

Building: Parsons Paris

Room: 203

Date Range: 1/20/2020 - 5/11/2020