American Decorative Arts and Design to 1820





This course examines the development of the decorative arts and design in the United States from colonial times until just after the War of 1812. Furniture, silver, glass, ceramics, pewter, and other metalware are studied. American works are viewed as documents of cultural and historical developments, and the course concentrates on the design elements that can be considered characteristic of this culture. International design influences are also explored. Issues such as iconography, patronage, craft organization and specialization, the impact of the Industrial Revolution, and regionalism are discussed. Students visit the American period rooms at the Brooklyn Museum and other New York City collections. 3 credits.