The Publics of Art and Design (April 10 and 11, 2014)

CALL FOR PAPERS
The Twenty-Third Annual Parsons/Cooper-Hewitt Graduate Student Symposium on the Decorative Arts and Design

THE PUBLICS OF ART AND DESIGN
Parsons The New School for Design, New York.
April 10 and 11, 2014.

What happens to design in public? We are seeking papers that address issues of audience, user feedback, promotion and dissemination of objects from the Renaissance to the present. How does design become a dialogue between an object and its public? How are different publics delineated by their associations with objects? Papers might address such issues as: advertising and promotion of products; magazines or other vectors of publicity; retail spaces; museum exhibitions; world’s fairs; design for public spaces; theories of reception; domestication of design; or actors and networks.

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