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History of Taste: 1850-Present

A survey that examines sources and influences that contributed to the formation of taste and style from about 1850 to the present. Through a concept-driven, cross-disciplinary approach that includes art, architecture, decorative arts, and material culture, taste will be explore thematically and chronologically within a broad cultural context. Factors and forces that shape this context include political events, social customs and fads, fashion, pastimes, entertainment and technological advances. Emphasis is placed on developing critical skills through discussion of connections and relationships between the historical development of taste and current trends.

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