Decorative Arts and Design in Scandinavia: Denmark and Sweden

Parsons School of Design: Art/Design Hist & Theory

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Dec Arts Sem: Scandinavia

Summer 2019

Taught By: Sarah Lichtman

Section: A

CRN: 1739

Credits: 3

After having lost its Empire in the early 20th century, the city of London has re-invented itself completely during the last forty years. In this period, and before the momentous vote for Brexit in 2016 with its plans to break away from the European Union, London attracted people from around the globe as the financial hub of Europe and the most attractive capital city. The effects of this boom and renaissance on Great Britain’s capital created a wealth of creativity in architecture, museums, galleries and new urban spaces. During the course’s two weeks, we will visit important historic sites, palaces and collections as well as more recent urban sites and galleries for contemporary art and design. The journey will allow us to understand the deep transformation and re-invention of the old regal, imperial London and its importance as a hub for the arts in history and in contemporary creativity and urban development.\n\nVisits will include historic sites such as the 17t-century Ham House, today property of the National Trust; William Kent’s Chiswick House; Spencer House; The Duke of Wellington’s London home, Apsley House; and Horace Walpole’s splendid Neo-Gothic mansion Strawberry Hill, which is currently undergoing restoration and being rediscovered. Decorative arts collections visited will include study sessions at the Wallace Collection; the Victoria & Albert Museum; the Design Museum; the recently opened exhibition of the galleries of the Age of Enlightenment; as well as the Waddesdon Bequest at the British Museum. The study of British paintings will take us to the National Portrait Gallery and Kenwood House, the private home of the Orientalist painter of the Victorian period Leighton. The French Impressionists will be studied at the Courthauld Galleries, located at Somerset House. The London city space and questions of urbanism will be approached with a walk in the historic City and a visit to Saint Paul’s Cathedral. Later twentieth-century London will be approached with a visit to the Barbican, an urban experiment from the 1970s and current location of the Museum of the History of London. The home of mid-century architect Ernö Goldfinger will give us a very good idea of a London home integrating the principles of International Modernism in the Post-World War II period. Contemporary sites and a current point of view will be included with visits to the famous Canary Wharf; Tate Modern; and the upcoming township of Spitalfields with its famous market and where a number of designers and galleries are operating. Please note that other visits may be scheduled as well, and the program is subject to change through spring 2018.

This course is open to university graduate degree candidates and undergraduate seniors by permission of the School of Art and Design History and Theory.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art/Design Hist & Theory (PGHT)

Campus: Off-Campus (OC)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 12

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: 12:21pm 3/23/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Times: 9:00am - 3:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 6/24/2019 - 7/5/2019