Making + Meaning: Materials

Parsons School of Design: Sch. Art and Dsgn Hist and Th

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
M + M: Exhibiting Design
Spring 2024
Taught By: Ulrich Lehmann
Section: A

CRN: 14929

Credits: 3

Part of an effective communication of creative works is their display. The staging of design from ideation, via prototyping, to production asks for visual or plastic presentations that provide context for the work: through narratives about its function and usage, by grouping it with related types or class of products, or via its integration into a larger concept. The contextualization of designed products through displays substantially adds to their meaning. In this course students study the way in which design can be presented meaningfully through exhibition making. Among the aspects to discuss through visual, audio and textual examples are: 1) types of exhibition spaces, from virtual venues to the subversion of retail; 2) techniques of display, from screening mediated objects to their demonstration in physical performances; 3) materials, from site architecture to designing display systems; and 4) curatorial concepts, from themed presentation of collective work to monographic shows. The course is aimed at students who want to experiment with original displays of their work, as part of integrated research, building portfolios, or communicating capstone projects. Exhibiting Design counts towards the core curriculum of Parsons’s BFA Design History and Practice and the Museum and Curatorial Studies Minor; it combines seminar-style instruction with creative work in studios, with curators, designers and retailers scheduled among the guest contributors to the course. Making+Meaning: MATERIALS approaches materials as creative technique and as concept. It combines practice in (virtual and concrete) studios with theoretical instruction, as an inclusive method of applied reflection. Texts, like objects, are elements that can be freely deconstructed or fused, without following a canon or prescribed context. The student’s creative originality in developing and reflecting on such approaches and processes is tested out in the course. Students are encouraged to integrate the knowledge they acquire from their studio and seminar experiences in this Making + Meaning course.

Open to: All university undergraduate students. Some seats are reserved for Design History and Practice majors.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Sch. Art and Dsgn Hist and Th (ADHT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 1:32pm EDT 5/21/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 9:00am - 11:40am
Building: Parsons 2 W 13th
Room: 1013
Date Range: 1/24/2024 - 5/8/2024