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  • Core: Proseminar

    The Proseminar equips student with the skills required for scholarship in the history, theory and curation of decorative arts and design. The course examines the range of methods employed by historians in…

  • Core: Survey of Decorative Arts I

    This course presents a broad introduction to European decorative arts from the 15th through the 18th centuries, focusing on Italy, France, England, and the Netherlands. Issues of style, function, and meaning of objects in…

  • Core: Survey of Decorative Arts II

    This course traces significant developments in the history of decorative arts and design from 1800-2000 in Europe and America. Interiors, ceramics, metal work, graphics, fashion and furniture will be discussed and situated…

  • Core: History of Collections and Museums

    While the primary mission of an art museum is to preserve, protect, and display objects, these institutions play a significant role in shaping the political, social, and cultural values of a given…

  • French Graduate Reading Seminar

    This class is designed for graduate students who need to read books and articles in French to support their research projects. It is open to students with no previous knowledge of this…

  • Redefining Modernity: French Design from 1900-1939

    Expressing modernity was of prime importance to designers and decorative artists in the early decades of the 20th century, spurring the development of a number of new styles and design movements in…

  • Cultural Pluralism

    This course will examine cultural pluralism in curatorial practice, or the ethics of representing art and design practices across cultural contexts. Course material begins with the colonial exhibitions and ethnographic museums from…

  • Objects, Archive, Interface

    The correlation between academic research and curatorial practice is both a far from obvious process and a crucial mean to recontextualize artifacts in the peculiar environment of museums. In recent years, the…

  • Curatorial Seminar

    Over the last decades, exhibitions have become prime vehicles for intellectual, cultural and socio-political expression. Along with them, a plethora of publications have appeared on the topic. Curating is a relatively young…

  • Bodies in Space

    With the death of academic art – it has indeed died numerous times since the 19th century –, new forms of making and new ways of being in the public sphere have…