Survey of the Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture II


Spring 2015


Lecture Hall


François Louis

This two-semester, team-taught course, required of all first-year students in the M.A. program and entering Ph.D. students new to the field, traces major historical developments in the decorative arts, design history, and material culture from antiquity to the present. Individual lectures familiarize students with significant forms, materials, sites, styles, designers, and craftsmen, while introducing a variety of scholarly approaches to recovering meaning from material artifacts through a study of function, technology, iconography, and patronage. At the end of the two-semester sequence, students will have a working visual and historical vocabulary of significant designed/manufactured objects and spaces from a wide range of civilizations and periods, and a better awareness of the areas of study they might pursue at the BGC. 3 credits.