Twenty-Second Annual Parsons/Cooper-Hewitt Voorsanger Symposium: Design and Mobility

VoorsangerSymposium (1)Join us for the Twenty-Second Annual Parsons/Cooper-Hewitt Voorsanger Symposium, entitled Design and Mobility. This is our annual graduate student symposium on the decorative arts and design, made possible through the support of generous donors to the Catherine Hoover Voorsanger Memorial fund, whom we thank for their continued generosity.

All symposium activities will take place at the Theresa Lang Student Center at 55 West 13th Street, 2nd Floor.
On Friday, April 26th 5:30pm, Edward Cooke of Yale University will deliver the keynote address titled “Material Culture and Mobility: Explicit and Implicit Notions of Movement” with a reception to follow.
On Saturday, April 27th, we have several exciting papers delivered by prominent academics and students in the field:
Session I “Going Mobile” 11am
Dr. Iris Moon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Cabinet de platine (1800-1804): Monumentality, Materiality and the Mobile Interior at the End of the Enlightenment
Penny Wolfson, Parsons The New School for Design/Cooper-Hewitt
The Wheelchair in Post–Civil War America
Rebecca Gross, Parsons The New School for Design/Cooper-Hewitt
Holiday magazine:Paving the Postwar American dream road with patriotism
Session II “Place/No-place” 2:30pm
Jonathan Patkowski City University of New York Graduate Center
Transformation, Reproduction, Reuse: The Reception of Asian Silks in Late Medieval Italy
Dr. Neil Malcolm Douglas Ewins University of Sunderland
UK ceramic manufacturing strategy, marketing and design, in response to globalization c1990-2010
Elise Hodson, York University
Born and Raised on Kickstarter: The Near Immaculate Conception of a Smart Watch Named Pebble
Please RSVP by April 22nd with Salvador Munoz  at



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