Revolution and Progress: Birth of Modern Design

Parsons School of Design: Art/Design Hist & Theory

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Birth of Modern Design

Fall 2018

Taught By: Ulrich Lehmann

Section: A

CRN: 7910

Credits: 3

This graduate elective integrates the study of material culture and social history. It positions the birth of modern design – as manifest in industrial, applied and decorative arts – at the interplay between radical rupture and continuous movement across the long, global nineteenth century. The elective investigates expressions of revolution and progress in modernity: from the time of the French Revolution to the turn into the twentieth century. Design is understood here both as process and as object. Design provides the link between historical expressions through its materiality and form as much as through its making and use- and exchange value in political economies. Examples are drawn from the first black political revolution (on Haiti), in conjunction with slavery in sugar production, from the new medium of wallpaper as both revolutionary propaganda and bourgeois fashion, from nationalist craft in Japan and its degradation into a style language across European art and design, or from photography as hegemonic record as well as documentary evidence of public protest. Themes and objects in the emergence of modern design are discussed here across chronologies that simultaneously appear as progressive and linear and as radical and discontinuous for the development of material culture. In this elective, approaches to writing (social) history focus on the production, representation and consumption of designed objects and highlight the socio-cultural changes that coined their respective environments.

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: 8:51am 2/16/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:00pm

Building: Parsons 2 W 13th

Room: 1100

Date Range: 8/30/2018 - 12/13/2018