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Voorsanger Symposium: Showing Off: Design and Ostentation, Day One

Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Mansion Lecture Room 2 East 91st Street, NY, NY 10128

The Twenty-Fifth Annual Parsons/Cooper Hewitt Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Design is a two day symposium run by the Masters Program in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies housed in the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. For a full schedule of events please click here. 

The symposium explores issues relating to ornament and excess—or their conspicuous avoidance—in relation to social structures, aesthetics, technology, politics and economics. Presentations address material ranging from Renaissance portraiture and Baroque tapestries, to modernist plexiglass products and twentieth-century automobile design.

The Catherine Hoover Voorsanger Keynote speaker is Ulysses Grant Dietz, Chief Curator and Curator of Decorative Arts at the Newark Museum. Dr. Dietz is currently working on a redesign of the Newark Museum’s display of jewelry; he is the organizer of numerous exhibitions and the author of books such as Paul Stankard: Homage to Nature(1996); The Glitter and the Gold: Fashioning America's Jewelry (1997); Gems from the East and West: The Doris Duke Jewelry Collection (2003); Great Pots: Contemporary Ceramics from Function to Fantasy (2003); Dream House: The White House as an American Home (2009); and Masterpieces of Art Pottery, 1880-1930 (2009).


Sponsored by the School of Art and Design History and Theory.



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