• Emmanuel Guy

    Director, Art & Design History & Theory; History of Design & Curatorial Studies

    Office Location:

    A - Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall - 66 West 12th Street


    Emmanuel Guy is Assistant Professor of Art and Design History. His research focuses on the history and theory of 20th-century avant-garde and counterculture in the art, design, architecture, literature and politics. He graduated from the École Normale Supérieure, Paris, in 2007, and obtained his Agrégation de Lettres Modernes the same year. Emmanuel curated, among other exhibitions, the “Guy Debord. Un Art de la Guerre” exhibition at the Bibliothèque nationale de France in 2013, and defended his dissertation on Guy Debord the following year. He has published numerous articles and books on Guy Debord and the Internationale Situationniste, including exhibition catalogues, essays and archival material. His last book, co-edited with Laurence Le Bras from the National Library, is entitled Reading Debord (Montreuil, L'Échappée, 2016).

    Emmanuel has taught in the Métiers du texte et de l’image Master's Program at Université Sorbonne Paris Cité. From 2009 to 2011, he co-organized with Sophie Cras (Maître de conférence, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne) the seminar "1955-1965: sources and methods" at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, where they gathered a wide range of young researchers and scholars from various disciplines to discuss the history and historiography of the long sixties. Following the same research methodology, they are currently organizing a monthly seminar on the arts in the 1980s at Parsons Paris.

    Emmanuel's teaching philosophy is based on active learning, bridging theory and practice, scholarship and curation, and fostering critical thinking and political consciousness among his students. At Parsons Paris, he regularly teaches courses to graduate students such as Proseminar: A Toolkit for the Design Historian, or Objects Matter: a Critical Survey of Design History. He also supervises the liberal arts offering for undergraduate students and teaches, among other courses, "This is not an object: avant-garde and material culture" where students explores parallel histories of the avant-garde in the visual arts and in design.

    Current Courses:

    Design Misfits

    Design Misfits

    Design Misfits (Fall 2019)


    Equivalency (Fall 2019)

    Independent Study

    Independent Study (Fall 2019)

    Independent Study: Thesis 1

    Independent Study: Thesis 1 (Fall 2019)

    Independent Study: Thesis 2

    Independent Study: Thesis 2 (Fall 2019)


    Internship (Fall 2019)

    Maintaining Status (Fall 2019)