American Craft: 1900- present

Parsons School of Design: Art/Design Hist & Theory

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students

History of Modern Craft

Spring 2020

Taught By: Jeannine Falino

Section: A

CRN: 5896

Credits: 3

“Craft” is considered a loaded word, dismissed by some and revered by others. This course will examine the social and aesthetic principles upon which the American craft movement was founded and consider its evolution through the present day. Lectures on the twentieth century will chart significant figures and trends from the arts and crafts period through the interwar years, and the flowering of the studio craft movement in the decades following World War II. Craft’s relationship with the design profession and the gallery network will also figure into these discussions, along with cultural interpretations of the term “craft,” and its uneasy but undeniable affinities with luxury and commerce. The course will conclude by reviewing the current discourse on socially relevant topics that include feminism, activism, social practice, queer craft, DIY, globalism, and sustainability, considering the way forward as we approach the second decade of the twenty-first century.

Open to: All university graduate degree students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art/Design Hist & Theory (PGHT)

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: 10:40am 7/21/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/21/2020 - 5/5/2020