History of Design and Curatorial Studies

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Glenn Adamson Leads Course on Material Culture and Politics at ADHT

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Curator and author Glenn Adamson assumed his most recent role as Director of New York’s Museum of Arts and Design in October of 2013 and…

Faculty Spotlight: Tracy Ehrlich of HDCS Embarks on Smithsonian Fellowship

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MA in the History of Design and Curatorial Studies faculty member Tracy Ehrlich has been awarded a Smithsonian Institution Senior fellowship for the 2016-17 academic year….

Sarah Lichtman succeeds Jilly Traganou as Book Reviews Editor of The Journal of Design History

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2015 marked the end of Associate Professor in Spatial Design, Jilly Traganou’s tenure as Reviews Editor of The Journal of Design History. Traganou will be…

Sarah Lichtman is interviewed over at Interiors and Sources

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Sarah A. Lichtman, ADHT’s Program Director of History of Design and Curatorial Studies, was recently interviewed by interior design magazine Interiors and Sources for the…

HDCS Director Lichtman offers her expertise on an upcoming Sotheby’s auction

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ADHT’s Program Director of History of Design and Curatorial Studies, Sarah Lichtman, was recently featured in a video by the Associated Press about the upcoming Sotheby’s auction…

HDCS Director Sarah A. Lichtman named recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award

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Tell us a little bit about your history as a teacher. How long have you been teaching? I started teaching at Parsons 10 years ago…

History of Design & Curatorial Studies Considers Color in Annual Symposium

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COLOR/FORMS, the twenty-forth annual Parsons/Cooper Hewitt Graduate Student Symposium, will take place at the Cooper–Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum on April 23 and 24. The event…

Students Respond to MoMA’s Design and Violence Site

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Violence and Virtue: Artemisia Gentileschi’s “Judith Slaying Holofernes” Uffizi Gallery, Florence Inspired by the Museum of Modern Art’s experimental web exhibition Design and Violence, students in…

Perspectives in World Art and Design

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In the fall of 2010, ADHT launched two pilot sections of PWAD1.  Employing the lecture/recitation model for a total of 150 students, two sections led…


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Offered jointly with the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, in New York, the History of Design and Curatorial Studies program leads to a master of arts degree. Graduates go on to careers as historians, curators, and scholars in museums, universities, historic houses, auction houses, and galleries.

Visit the main Parsons site for more information about the MA in History of Design and Curatorial Studies, including Curriculum and Admission Requirements.