Design and Interior Architecture in Germany, 1700-2000

Parsons School of Design: Art/Design Hist & Theory

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students

German Decorative Art & Design

Spring 2018

Taught By: Karafel, Lorraine

Section: A

CRN: 6946

Credits: 3

In this two-week intensive course taught by Ulrich Leben, we will investigate Germany as a center for the decorative arts (including interior decoration and furniture) between 1700 and 2000. The course aims to situate the German decorative arts as a creative force in the crosscurrents of European culture and taste. Religious divisions between the Catholic regions in southern and western Germany and the Protestant regions of the east and north caused differences in political influences, which in return had an impact on style and taste. The 18th Century saw a strong influence of French aristocratic art, which found individual interpretation in the German provinces, since the French prototypes were too expensive and were merely known through drawings or printed documents. Through the migration of craftsmen from Germany to the great capitals of Europe such as London, Paris and Petersburg, and later the United States, German craftsmanship had an influence on productions in all these countries. The sober and elegant forms of the Biedermeier Period of the 19th century displayed new attempts at creating a purely German style and had varying degrees of international success. The Jugend movement and what starts now to be discovered as German Art Déco, as well as the Bauhaus school established successful designers and creators who brought their vision abroad and flowered before many artists forced into emigration after 1933. The sombre years of Third Reich were followed by a research of reconciliation and connection with international trends, which often were realized only with the modest means of a country that had lost the war. The main artistic currents and centers for the creation and the manufacture of fine furniture, art objects and porcelain (Augsburg, Dresden, München, Dessau and Berlin) will be presented and discussed.

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: 4:13am 4/22/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Times: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 3/5/2018 - 3/16/2018