Theorizing Luxury
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PGHT 5660
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Topics:
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Design History, Theory & Criticism
Description:
This class assesses luxury design from multiple perspectives. Issues pertaining to consumerism, economics, and labor will be addressed. Specifically, we will look at examples of luxury design and examine these spaces and products in relation to a variety of authors, including, but not limited to, Walter Benjamin, Henri Lebevre, Karl Marx, and Rachel Sherman. Additionally, we will take field trips to sites that our contemporary culture constructs as luxurious. These tours will investigate both the overt presentation of luxury and the labor that creates these deluxe experiences. By the end of the semester, students will be expected to formulate their own critique of luxury in a research project that will utilize both primary sources and the theoretical perspectives we have explored.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All university graduate degree students.
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Level

Open to Graduate students.