NYU Steinhardt

Design and Culture: The 20th Century

  • Course Number: ARCS-GE 2102
  • Hours: 30
  • Units: 3
  • Description: Examines the material culture of the 20th century with special emphasis on design, architecture & the decorative arts. Students address how design is shaped by politics, nationalism, idealism, & the commercial needs of community. The course also explores the machine & technology as defining forces in modern design & addresses such issues as the quest for the ?total work of art?, the influence of taste makers, consultant designers & decorators on design, & the changing nature of patronage in the 20th century. The course concentrates on American, European, Russian & Scandinavian design while exploring the influence of nonwestern cultures.
  • Old Course Number: E93.2102