Gender and Design

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Gender and Design

Spring 2020

Taught By: Sarah Lichtman

Section: A

CRN: 6913

Credits: 3

This course explores the relationships between design and gender in the twentieth century. By focusing on Western capitalist economies particularly in Europe and the USA, design is articulated as part of a complex matrix of production, consumption, mediation and exchange. Through detailed case studies, we will consider a number of important themes and issues including: fashioning gendered identities; modernism/modernity/gender; decoration and the 'other'; gendered spaces; artistic hierarchies and the 'applied arts'; labor divisions and design; design on the margins; cultures of consumption; and theories of design and gender. The course will examine aspects of craft, textiles, ceramics, architecture, fashion, interiors, furniture and product design, and although we will focus on the roles of individual designers, institutions, avant-garde groups, movements and practices, we will also look at aspects of the consumption of design. Our aim is to locate design within the practices of everyday life exploring the ways in which design cultures shape and develop in response to wider social, political and economic forces. Several important theoretical questions have influenced the study of design and gender (feminism and gender politics, post-modernism and theories of consumption; Marxism and post-structuralism), and our aim will be to consider these in relation to specific historical studies of design. The course will draw on examples from the Cooper Hewitt collections, and whenever possible we will visit other relevant design collections and sources.

Open to: All university graduate degree students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art and Design History (PLAD)

Campus: Parsons Dec Arts Cooper Hewitt (PD)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

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: 10:05am 9/16/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:00pm



Date Range: 1/22/2020 - 5/6/2020