Patented Design and Innovation
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Level: Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
Department: Art/Design Hist & Theory
Course Number: PGHT 5758
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Topics:
  • Design History, Theory & Criticism
Description:
This seminar will concentrate on primary research on American patented and innovative objects and furniture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum. Each student will select one of these patented objects. Using the primary research methodology employed on the patented designs of the nineteenth-century New York furniture designer and maker George Hunzinger in the Brooklyn Museum publication of 1997 as a model, students will be trained to research: patent records, census reports, Dun credit ratings, city directories, civil court records, and other sources of primary documentation, such as period newspapers, trade catalogues, and journals, to create a picture of the designer they have chosen. There will be two visits to the New York Public Library to learn how to use the records housed there. In addition, Peter Kenny of The Metropolitan Museum of Art will lead a class devoted to neoclassical furniture in that collection, and there will be two classes conducted at the Brooklyn Museum. Students will meet periodically with the instructor to assess their on-going research. There are weekly reading assignments. At the end of the semester, each student will make a twenty minute illustrated presentation of their findings and submit a complete written report with a chronology of all new documents, a bibliography of primary and pertinent secondary sources, and a corpus of images of related works by his designer. .
Course Open to: Majors Only
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All university graduate students.