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Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PGHT 5749
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
The French Riviera proved to be a site of experimentation and innovation in the arts, design, and architecture over the course of the twentieth century and into the present. From the design and renewal of urban spaces such as the Promenade des Anglais, the Nice International Airport, and the Villa Arson to key works by Le Corbusier, Charles and Marcel Delmas, Eileen Gray and Jean Badovici, Robert Mallet-Stevens, Guy Rottier, and Henri Matisse and others in architecture, the region is renowned for inventive public, cultural and private architecture, architectural interiors, and garden design. The mix of high and mass culture ushered in fashion as a lifestyle component closely linked with celebrity culture, but it also manifest social change directly in the works of Chanel and the postwar bikini, while and its links to photography are especially apparent in the photographs of Lisette Model, Jacques-Henri Lartique, and André Villers. The region is known for its interdisciplinary collaborations. Theater and costume design drew modernists into this milieu from Picasso to Martial Raysse’s work with Roland Petit in the mid-1960s. Scores of artists who were often group affiliated found the region a laboratory amenable to mitigating artistic group allegiances that allowed for innovative turns and a strong postwar conceptual and performance orientation, while filmmakers such as Jean Vigo and Agnès Varda probed the identity of the region using film for surreal juxtapositions and critical montage. This course will focus on the rich production of art and design innovations produced in the locale, which attests to the dynamic cultural arena that the Côte d’Azur fostered over the past century establishing itself as a model of late twentieth century cities associated with culture and leisure.
Course Open to: Majors Only
Open to: All university graduate degree students.
Open to Graduate students.