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  • Charlotte von Hardenburgh

    Part-time Lecturer

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    charlottevh@newschool.edu

    Office Location
    L - 2 West 13th Street

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    Charlotte von Hardenburgh

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    Charlotte von Hardenburgh’s curatorial work and lectures highlight the influential yet underrepresented role of women within design and her research centers these narratives to establish a more expansive and inclusive re-interpretation of American design history.

     

    She is currently working with Weinberg Modern Gallery to highlight the designs and humanitarian work of the industrial designer, Fran Hosken (Austrian, 1920–2006). One of the first women to attend Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, Hosken studied under Walter Gropius and later established her own company which produced innovative flat-pack furniture and handmade spiral jewelry. Hosken also founded the Women’s International Network, published a quarterly journal on women’s health issues, and is often credited for coining the term “Female Genital Mutilation.”

     

    von Hardenburgh was previously awarded the inaugural American Women’s History Initiative Research Fellowship at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Her research contributed to the retrospective exhibition of American textile designer, Dorothy Liebes (1897 – 1972). The accompanying catalogue—published by Yale University Press—is the first-ever monographic publication about Liebes. Additionally, von Hardenburgh managed and contributed writings to Cooper Hewitt’s digital platform. This website offers more in-depth essays on many of the projects presented in the Liebes exhibition, as well as new stories unique to the platform.

     

    While at Cooper Hewitt, von Hardenburgh extensively researched the artist Emma Amos (American, 1937–2020) who worked for Liebes during the 1960s in New York City. This research culminated in a profile published by Cooper Hewitt—highlighting Amos’s time in the studio and her contributions to the Bigelow-Sanford custom carpet commission.

     

    In addition to her curatorial work, von Hardenburgh teaches undergraduate courses at Parsons School of Design. Since September 2021, she has been teaching “History of Design: 1850–2000” which covers the fields of architecture, industrial design, graphic design, and interior design. The course focuses on the social, political, economic, and cultural implications of design throughout history.  

     

    In January 2023, she developed a course for Parsons titled, “a History of Typography” which explores typographic developments through the lens of graphic design history. The class visits museums and archives—such as the New York Public Library, and Cooper Hewitt—to interact with historic examples of typography. The course also focuses on craft so that students have an opportunity to learn stone-carving, calligraphy, and typesetting as they relate to historic typographic processes.

     

    Charlotte is a graduate of the History of Design and Curatorial Studies MA program offered jointly by Parsons School of Design and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. She also holds a graduate certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies from The New School for Social Research. Charlotte is currently based in New York City. 


    Degrees Held

    MA, History of Design and Curatorial Studies, Parsons School of Design

    Graduate Certificate, Gender & Sexuality Studies, The New School for Social Research

    BFA, Graphic Design, Northeastern University


    Current Courses

    History of Des: 1850-Pres Rec
    PLDS 2191, Spring 2024

    Type Design: Punches to Pixels
    PLVS 2017, Spring 2024

    Past Courses

    History of Des: 1850-Pres Rec
    PLDS 2191, Fall 2023

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