Redefining Modernity
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PLDS 3514
Course Format: Lecture
Location: Paris campus
Permission Required: No
Expressing modernity was of prime importance to designers and decorative artists in the early decades of the 20th century, spurring the development of a number of new styles and design movements in Europe and beyond. L’Art Nouveau, the “New Art” of the Belle Epoque, heralded a definitive break from previous styles, launching a quest to develop a design program that would give rise to Art Déco and Modernism as it sought to define the new era – an era marked by changing social mores and political ideals, mass industry and technology, an increasingly high-speed global world, and the horrors of modern warfare. This class will trace the origin and development of these self-consciously modern stylistic and idealistic movements in Europe from 1900 to 1939, examining their expression through architecture, product design, fashion and interiors. Our focus will be on French production, which we will explore through Parisian museums and especially through the exceptional Art Déco exhibition at Cité de l’architecture et du Patrimoine.
Course Open to: Degree Students


Open to Undergraduate students.


Open to Paris students.