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  • Behind the scenes of the Mucem

    A visit to the archives of the Musée de Culture Européenne et de la Mediterranée   Stepping in from the sunshine last Friday afternoon, students from the course Cultural Pluralism arrived in the cool interior of the Mucem archives. They were greeted by curator Frédéric Mougenot, a veritable walking encyclopedia when it comes to the history of…

  • A day at the International Design Biennale Saint-Etienne

    Highlights of the 2017 Biennale   WHO The 2017 Biennale This year’s theme was “Working Promesse – les mutations du travail” (“Working Promise – shifting work paradigms”). The works presented dealt with this topic in a range of ways: some designers used labor-intensive production to highlight the act of working, others are interested in reinventing the…

  • A Weekend in Bordeaux

    Rem Koolhaas, Houselife, and Cité Frugès In conjunction with the class The Idea of Comfort, a group of students travelled to see a tripartite exhibition organized by the CNAP (Centre National des Arts Plastics) in Bordeaux, led by Juliette Pollet, curator of the show. Objects from the national collection were displayed at the Masion à Bordeaux…

  • Lucinda Childs at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropec

    By Sebastian Grant On a clear blue day, with rays of warm sunlight shining through verdant trees, we ventured out of the clustered city to explore the suburb of Pantin, and the Thaddaeus Ropec Gallery, in excitement to view the Lucinda Childs and Sol LeWitt exhibit. After walking past old town halls and under bridges,…

  • “Memories and Politics of Exile” – Day One

    Written by Forrest Pelsue How do we remember the past? Do we celebrate singular events and gloss over the surrounding complications? Do we focus on the years of struggle and forget the everyday victories? How does our current situation affect our analysis of history? These questions emerged amidst the panels and exhibitions presented for the…

  • Biennale des Antiquaires 2016

    This fall, Parsons students were invited to attend the 28th Biennale des Antiquaires. The event, held at the Grand Palais, included three special exhibitions featuring objects from the State Hermitage Museum and rarely seen pieces from collections of Le Mobilier National. The Biennale is “quintessentially representative of the French art de vivre“, with exhibitors from around the…

  • Marché aux puces de Saint-Ouen

    Most design historians, or anyone interested in material culture, have spent a lot of time rummaging around flea markets, vintage and thrift shops. It is like a treasure hunt: you never know what you are going to find and sometimes you hit the jackpot in the most peculiar and unpredictable places. Marché aux puces de…

  • D’DAYS: L’origine de l’original

    Parsons Paris, in collaboration with Domaine de Boisbuchet, presents “L’origine de l’original”, a satellite of the summer exhibition at Domaine de Boisbuchet. The exhibition explores the notions of creativity and originality through design, and questions the value and the very existence of originality. The Parsons Paris Gallery exhibition shows objects that have revolutionized design history and practice. The…

  • Futurographies: Cambodia, USA, France

    There can be no dispute that the shared histories of Cambodia, U.S.A, and France are ones of violence: colonial repression, war, bombing campaigns, genocide, migrations of refugees, deportations, and forced “repatriations.” This exhibition explores another set of parallel histories: histories in which alternate futures were (and are) imagined, written, drafted, discussed, and even determined. In…

  • Zones de Confort – Exhibition Review

              Zones de Confort is an exhibition being held at the Galerie Poirel in Nancy, France until April 18th, 2016. This exhibition was curated by Juliette Pollet and Studio GGSV and includes objects of design from the CNAP collection. You can download the catalogue here.  Design historians often speak of theory, functionality, and aesthetics, however,…