Luxury, Consumption and Sociability in 18th Century France
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
Department: Art/Design Hist & Theory
Course Number: PGHT 5708
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Visual Culture
  • Design History, Theory & Criticism
This course explores the social role of the decorative arts in daily life in eighteenth-century France. We will examine how furniture, porcelain, and other objects could mark social status, project identity, and structure social interactions. The first half of the semester will focus on eighteenth-century debates about the decorative arts, luxury, and the conditions of production and sale of decorative objects. The second half of the semester we will turn to the different approaches used by different disciplines for considering the function of these objects in sociable practices of the period, how they were used in the construction and expression of the self, and their roles in the increasingly separating realms of public and private life.
Course Open to: Degree Students
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Open to: University graduate students.


Open to Graduate students.