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DHUM 1040A - Art versus Design: the Object (20th-21st centuries)

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Interest in the visual arts and design of the modern and contemporary periods.

Course Description

Since the beginning of the 20th century, objects be they useful, playful, subversive, found, absurd...have literally invaded artistic production and cultural institutions, reshaping the definition of art and transforming the place and the role of artists in society. Blurring the boundaries between fine and applied arts, merging high and low culture, aestheticizing the common and desacralizing the unique, the object has become a major focus in contemporary creation. By confronting the production of functional design objects with non-functional artworks based on objects, the course will examine when, why and how the object became an issue. Organized chronologically, the course will contribute to the students' general culture in Art and Design History. Additionally, through in-depth analysis and contextualization, the course aims to provide a better understanding of our complex and often contradictory world invested with objects of all kinds.


SLAVKOVA, Iveta (Enseignante)

Course validation

Continuous assessment : 4 grades (2 oral presentations, 1 paper, participation).

Required reading

  • Waldman D., Collage, Assemblage and the Found Object, Harry Abrams, 1992
  • Mileaf J., Please Touch: Dada and Surrealist Objects after the Ready-Made, Dartmouth College, 2008
  • Rowell M., Objects of Desire: the Modern Still Life, MoMA publishings, 1999
  • Conway H., Design History: A Students' Handbook, Routledge, 1987
  • Boradkar P., Designing Things: A Critical Introduction to the Culture of Objects, Berg Publisher, 2010