1960's Design
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Level: 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 5723
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Art History, Theory & Criticism
  • Design History, Theory & Criticism
  • Fashion Design History, Theory & Criticism
This course will explore the profound social and cultural upheaval and innovation that occurred in the years between the early 1960s and the early 1970s. Popular uprisings, resistance and revolts broke out across the world, from Tokyo, Prague, and Paris, to Mexico City, Chicago, and New York, although American culture, conflict and design will be the main focus of the course. We will explore design trends of the 1960s, including late modern rationalism and its post-modern reaction, space-age futurism, Victorian revivalism, ecological responsibility, and psychedelic exploration, in furniture and industrial design, fashion, graphics, music, and architecture/urbanism. The course situates design within the context of social upheaval, such as struggles for racial, gender and sexual equality, anti-war movements, political violence, and their proximate historical causes.
Open to: All university graduate degree students.
Course Open to: Degree Students


Open to Graduate students.