Readings in Design History


Fall 2013


Seminar Room


In this seminar we will examine the historiography and current literature in the field of Design History. With the establishment of the field in the 1970s, scholars broke with traditional art historical emphases on elite production and connoisseurship. As Design History expanded, it has come to encompass a wide variety of questions about production, consumption, gender, and materiality. Beginning with the foundation texts and ending with the current scholarship, we will explore the seminal texts and organizations and journals that have contributed to the practice of design history as a scholarly field. We will also discuss design history’s role in relation to studies in the decorative arts, material culture, and the current debates around design culture, design criticism, design studies and design history’s ongoing relationship with art history. 3 credits.