History of Design and Curatorial Studies

Public Programs

Guy Debord’s Game of War: A Conversation With Emmanuel Guy

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Thursday, November 14 6:00 pm Kellen Auditorium 66 5th Avenue We know Guy Debord (1931-1994) as a poet, filmmaker, artist, revolutionary theorist, editor and founder…

MADE IN NEW YORK: The 27th Annual Parsons/Cooper Hewitt Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Design

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MADE IN NEW YORK: The Twenty-Seventh Annual Parsons/Cooper Hewitt Graduate Student Symposium on the History of Design April 26 and 27, 2018 Lecture Room (Lower Level)…

MCNY Event Invitation: Conversation with Designer Juan Pablo Molyneux about His New Book

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Question: What does an Upper East Side townhouse have in common with a Parisian hôtel particulier and a 12th-century castle? Answer: Juan Pablo Molyneux’s new…

Publics of Art and Design: The Twenty-Third Annual Graduate Student Symposium on the Decorative Arts and Design

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Thursday, April 10, 2014 – 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm Friday, April 11, 2014 – 10:30 am to 4:30 pm Dorothy Hirshon Suite, Arnhold Hall…

Publics of Art and Design: The Twenty-Third Annual Graduate Student Symposium on the Decorative Arts and Design

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The Twenty- Third Annual Voorsanger Symposium: The Publics of Art and Design will feature a keynote address by Professor Michele Bogart of Stony Brook University, and papers delivered by…

Department Stores and New York Fashion

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  Department Stores and New York Fashion Friday, February 14, 2014 – 10am to 5pm Klein Conference Room (Room A510) 66 W. 12th Street, Fifth…

2013 Graduate Symposium: Uncovering Realities, Cracking Facades: Design and Self

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The School of Art and Design History and Theory is proud to present it’s 2013 student organized Graduate Symposium. Titled Uncovering Realities, Cracking Facades: Design and…

Fashionability and Automobility: The Women of General Motors Styling Section, 1950s

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Damsels in Design Presents “Fashionability and Automobility:  The Women of General Motors Styling Section, 1950s” a lecture by Wendi Parson February 16, 6:30-8:00 6 East…

Out of the Trenches and into Vogue: ‘Unbelting’ the Trench Coat

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MARILYN COHEN, Lecturer, MA Program in the Decorative Arts, School of Art and Design History and Theory/Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Marilyn Cohen’s talk will examine…


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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.