Bringing it Back: Design and Revivals

Published on: March 19th, 2012

Bringing it Back is a symposium that looks at revivalist movements in the history of the decorative arts and design. The symposium examines design’s role as a cultural metaphor and as a mediator of sociopolitical perspectives. This event considers how design engages with the past and considers revivals from a variety of perspectives. Whether Egyptian, Greek, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Colonial, or Modernist, revivals can look back just a few decades or millennia. Revivals can be soberly archaeological or promote a historical fantasy. Some revivalist movements are primarily stylistic, while, for others, idealized notions of history are invested with social, political or moral meaning in the present.

The Twenty-First Annual Parsons/Cooper-Hewitt Graduate Student Symposium on the Decorative Arts and Design, Parsons The New School for Design will be held in New York, April 13-14, 2012.

The symposium’s Catherine Hoover Voorsanger Keynote address will be delivered by Thomas Denenberg, Director of Shelburne Museum, and a scholar of the retrospective culture of New England.

For more details, contact Dr. Ethan Robey Associate Director, MA Program in the History of Decorative Arts & Design at:


Program Contact

Caroline Dionne, Program Director

Program Update

Parsons is not currently admitting new students to this master’s degree program. Parsons is now offering a Graduate Minor in Design Studies that is designed to complement the MA History of Design and Curatorial Studies and other graduate programs across the university in design, liberal arts, and social research.