Display in Motion: From the Ancient to the Early Modern World

Parsons School of Design: Art/Design Hist & Theory

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Display in Motion

Spring 2019

Taught By: Tracy Ehrlich

Section: A

CRN: 6872

Credits: 3

This class will examine the theory and practice of display from antiquity into the eighteenth century. In its classical and medieval usage “display” (displicare) was a term that meant to unfold or unfurl and was aptly applied to textiles, one of the most sumptuous genres of displayable things. Display implies motion and performance, something dynamic rather than static. This course will consider a variety of cultural media and social practices, with particular attention to the “show” or “spectacle” as it unfolds in time and space, to the flexibility of the aesthetic environment, and to the spectator as a collaborator in the display. Topics include dining and drinking rituals; processions from the classical triumph, to weddings, funerals, and the royal progress; racing, hunting, and jousts; fireworks and waterworks; textiles and the dressing of architectural space; the display and mobility of collectible objects; viewing practices and the performative nature of connoisseurship; and the rise of the promenade. Examples will be drawn from the Italian peninsula, Central and Northern Europe with consideration given to shared themes made manifest in diverse social, cultural and geographical conditions. This course will require daily discussion, several visits to the collections of the Cooper Hewitt, and at least one off-site visit.

Open to: University graduate students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art/Design Hist & Theory (PGHT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

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: 10:35am 6/16/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:00pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1104

Date Range: 1/22/2019 - 5/7/2019