MA History of Decorative Arts and Design Graduate Open House

6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

The next generation of decorative arts and design historians, curators, and authors will receive their education from this prestigious two-year program, which confers an MA in the History of Decorative Arts and Design. Offered by Parsons jointly with Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, the degree leads graduates to careers at museums, auction houses, galleries, journals, and universities. The program focuses on the history of western decorative arts and design since the Renaissance, offering courses that address issues such as stylistics, techniques, social history, and critical theory. Its unique character is defined by its location within the Cooper-Hewitt, the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historical and contemporary design.

The evening will include a viewing of rarely seen highlights of the Cooper-Hewitt's collection, with curators from the departments of Drawings and Prints; Product Design and Decorative Arts; Textiles; Wallcoverings; and Rare Books, and a question-and-answer session with current MA Program students and faculty.


  • 6:15-6:30 p.m. - Welcome from Dr. David Brody, director and Dr. Ethan Robey, associate director
  • 6:30-7:00 p.m. - Visit with Curators to view highlights from the Cooper-Hewitt collection
  • 7:00-7:15 p.m. - Introduction to the Cooper Hewitt National Design Library and its collections




Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, 9 East 90th Street

Free; seating is limited; reservations required by emailing


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