GW Corcoran Smithsonian MA Program in Decorative Arts & Design History

GW Corcoran Smithsonian MA Program in Decorative Arts & Design History MA Program in Decorative Arts and Design History A comprehensive grounding of European and American decorative arts and design history complemented with a consideration of non-Western art.

In addition to theoretical and contextual studies, academic skills are built through courses that focus on furniture, textiles, interiors, design, ceramics, glass, costume, craft, and metalwork. Our students move on to become curators, historians, academicians, conservators, and specialists in the field of decorative arts. IG:@gw_corcoran_dadh

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In addition to theoretical and contextual studies, academic skills are built through courses that focus on furniture, textiles, interiors, design, ceramics, glass, costume, craft, and metalwork. Our students move on to become curators, historians, academicians, conservators, and specialists in the field of decorative arts. IG:@gw_corcoran_dadh

Image ©2011 National Museum of American History, Smit

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Join Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at the George Washington University for coffee & donuts on Wednesday, Septem...
08/12/2021

Join Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at the George Washington University for coffee & donuts on Wednesday, September 8, to kick off the new school year and welcome everyone to campus!

Corcoran Welcome / Welcome Back to Campus
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | 10:30am-1pm
Corcoran Flagg Building Atrium | 500 17th Street NW

We will be there from 10:30am-1pm, so please stop by and join us when your class schedule allows. Our new Director, Lauren Onkey, will give a brief welcome at 10:45am.

Also, if you are a student who is new to campus, please be sure to stop by and pick up your Corcoran t-shirt and other Corcoran swag!

Join Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at the George Washington University for coffee & donuts on Wednesday, September 8, to kick off the new school year and welcome everyone to campus!

Corcoran Welcome / Welcome Back to Campus
Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | 10:30am-1pm
Corcoran Flagg Building Atrium | 500 17th Street NW

We will be there from 10:30am-1pm, so please stop by and join us when your class schedule allows. Our new Director, Lauren Onkey, will give a brief welcome at 10:45am.

Also, if you are a student who is new to campus, please be sure to stop by and pick up your Corcoran t-shirt and other Corcoran swag!

So proud of DADH alumna and faculty member Liz Lay for getting positive press for her Smithsonian Associates Program.htt...
08/12/2021
The Théâtre de la Mode: A (Fashion) Love Letter to the World

So proud of DADH alumna and faculty member Liz Lay for getting positive press for her Smithsonian Associates Program.
https://www.womanaroundtown.com/sections/playing-around/the-theatre-de-la-mode-a-fashion-love-letter-to-the-world/

A conversation under the aegis of Smithsonian Associates Elizabeth Lay, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer of Decorative Arts & Design History Corcoran School of Arts & Design, and Steven L. Grafe, Curator of Art – Maryhill Museum of Art, discuss The Théâtre de la Mode, a collection of haute couture ...

Welcome to Lauren Onkey, the new director of @corcoran_gw. With her innovative vision and commitment to exploring opport...
07/12/2021
GW Announces New Corcoran Director

Welcome to Lauren Onkey, the new director of @corcoran_gw. With her innovative vision and commitment to exploring opportunities for creative and cultural partnerships, Dr. Onkey will be a tremendous asset to the Corcoran’s students and faculty. Read more! https://gwtoday.gwu.edu/gw-announces-new-corcoran-director

Lauren Onkey, currently the senior director of NPR Music, will lead the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design.

https://textilesocietyofamerica.org/community/events/textile-society-of-americas-graduation-gathering#!event-register/20...
05/27/2021
Textile Society of America’s Graduation Gathering

https://textilesocietyofamerica.org/community/events/textile-society-of-americas-graduation-gathering#!event-register/2021/6/2/textile-society-of-america-8217-s-160-graduation-gathering

Textile Society of America’s Graduation Gathering Textile Society of America’s Graduation GatheringClasses of ‘21 and ‘20June 2, 2021, 1-3pm ET Join the Textile Society of America (TSA) in their first ever “Graduation Gathering” event to celebrate the classes of 2021 and 2020. This eve...

We are looking forward to hearing our alumna Marissa Hershon present at "The Evolving House Museum Program" hosted by So...
05/24/2021

We are looking forward to hearing our alumna Marissa Hershon present at "The Evolving House Museum Program" hosted by Society of the History of Collection on June 18-19, 2021. Hope to see you on Zoom! https://societyhistorycollecting.org/news-and-events/shc-online-symposium-the-evolving-house-museum-programme-18-19-june-2021/

We are looking forward to hearing our alumna Marissa Hershon present at "The Evolving House Museum Program" hosted by Society of the History of Collection on June 18-19, 2021. Hope to see you on Zoom! https://societyhistorycollecting.org/news-and-events/shc-online-symposium-the-evolving-house-museum-programme-18-19-june-2021/

Watch Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III deliver  The George Washington University #GWcommencement address; he's ...
05/19/2021
Class of 2021 Celebrates Historic Bicentennial Year Commencement

Watch Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III deliver The George Washington University #GWcommencement address; he's also "a graduate of a liberal arts college with a degree in history!" 😄

GW commencement speaker Lonnie G. Bunch III encouraged graduates to use their education and skills to do good for others.

Congrats Class of 2021! Stay tuned for the ceremony recording in the coming weeks!
05/19/2021

Congrats Class of 2021! Stay tuned for the ceremony recording in the coming weeks!

Congrats Class of 2021! Stay tuned for the ceremony recording in the coming weeks!

There's still time to RSVP! Celebrate graduation with us!  https://forms.gle/KeGg7QoovUBN2Peg8
05/12/2021
2021 DADH Graduation Registration

There's still time to RSVP! Celebrate graduation with us! https://forms.gle/KeGg7QoovUBN2Peg8

Friday, May 14, 2021 🌟 1 - 2 pm EST 🌟 RSVP to receive the Zoom link! Join us as we celebrate graduates from the MA Program in Decorative Arts & Design History with friends, family, alumni, students, faculty and staff. Come raise your glass to the Class of 2021! This online event will feature s...

Check out the work of DADH Summer 2021 graduating student Eva Brydson in #Next2021 Congratulations, Eva! https://next.co...
05/11/2021
2021 NEXT Exhibition

Check out the work of DADH Summer 2021 graduating student Eva Brydson in #Next2021 Congratulations, Eva! https://next.corcoran.gwu.edu/students/eva-brydson/

“Aino Aalto: ‘A quietly flowing stream’” explores the career of Finnish designer and architect Aino Aalto, a prominent contributor to the Scandinavian modernism movement of the mid-20th century. Unfortunately, Aino’s career is often overshadowed by that of her husband, Alvar Aalto, who was...

Hope to see you there!
05/06/2021
GW Culture Buffs: the "Dirty South" 05-07-2021 - The George Washington University

Hope to see you there!

Join us for an exclusive GW Culture Buffs event featuring GW alumnus, Alex Nyerges, CCAS BA '79, MA '82, director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) and Paul Rucker, visiting professor of community engagement at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design. They will discuss Paul’s upcoming 20...

Starting tomorrow, check out the fantastic artists and works showcased in the Smithsonian  Women's Committee CRAFT OPTIM...
04/23/2021

Starting tomorrow, check out the fantastic artists and works showcased in the Smithsonian Women's Committee CRAFT OPTIMISM, a climate-conscious virtual gallery and maker's market.
https://craftoptimism.si.edu/artists/

Starting tomorrow, check out the fantastic artists and works showcased in the Smithsonian Women's Committee CRAFT OPTIMISM, a climate-conscious virtual gallery and maker's market.
https://craftoptimism.si.edu/artists/

04/16/2021

We are excited for the opening of The Historic New Orleans Collection exhibition "Pieces of History: Ten Years of Decorative Arts Fieldwork," exploring the objects documented by Decorative Arts of the Gulf South (DAGS) - previously known as the Classical Institute of the South. We are especially proud of the HDA and DADH alums who have participated in the on-going field work!

https://www.hnoc.org/exhibitions/pieces-history-ten-years-decorative-arts-fieldwork?link&utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DAGSandPOHannouncement%3ACISstakeholders&utm_content=version_A&promo=1779

Join us on Saturday, April 17 via Zoom from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm ET as we support our students, graduates and faculty in ...
04/13/2021
Cotsen Textile Traces Student Colloquium | The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum | The George Washington University

Join us on Saturday, April 17 via Zoom from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm ET as we support our students, graduates and faculty in the Cotsen Textile Traces Student Colloquium, hosted by The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum
Learn more! https://museum.gwu.edu/cotsen-textile-traces-student-colloquium

A 10th-century textile from Iran (T-1930) and a loupe are displayed on glass above a 15th-century textile from India (T-2066) in the Cotsen Textile Traces Study Center. Photo by Harrison Jones / The George Washington University.   Discover the world in a fragment: Students present research on frag...

We are so proud of our dearly departed alumna, Margaret Powell, and her ground-breaking thesis on the designer Ann Lowe,...
03/30/2021
Ann Lowe’s Barrier-Breaking Mid-Century Couture

We are so proud of our dearly departed alumna, Margaret Powell, and her ground-breaking thesis on the designer Ann Lowe, featured in this recent New Yorker article.

How a Black designer made her way among the white élite.

Kudos to DADH Faculty Elizabeth Lay for her efforts to support this exceptional symposium! Here's the link: https://nscd...
03/30/2021

Kudos to DADH Faculty Elizabeth Lay for her efforts to support this exceptional symposium! Here's the link: https://nscda.org/wips2021/

Don't miss our opening celebration piece of the Women in Preservation Symposium, "HerStory in Preservation."

Sit down with Dr. Michelle Anne Delaney, assistant director for history and culture Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian; Ms. Anna Duff, NSCDA honorary president; Dr. Lydia Brandt, celebrated American history scholar from University of South Carolina; Ms. Amy Williams, chief of museum operations at the Andrew Jackson's Hermitage; and Ms. Elizabeth Kostelny, CEO of Preservation Virginia. Learn about the critical role women played in the ever-evolving history of our country and get a taste of things to come during our three-day virtual symposium!

Register online! https://nscda.org/wips2021/

We are getting excited for graduation in a few weeks and our featured DADH students in the 10th annual NEXT exhibition a...
03/30/2021
2021 NEXT Exhibition - Coming soon!

We are getting excited for graduation in a few weeks and our featured DADH students in the 10th annual NEXT exhibition and celebration of the arts and design! https://next.corcoran.gwu.edu/

2021 NEXT Exhibition Coming Soon! The NEXT exhibition is the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design's annual celebration of the brilliance and promise of its students.

Isaiah Lukens was a renowned mechanic of his age. Having apprenticed to his father Seneca Lukens, he set out from Horsha...
02/22/2021

Isaiah Lukens was a renowned mechanic of his age. Having apprenticed to his father Seneca Lukens, he set out from Horsham in 1811 to establish himself as clockmaker and watchmaker in Philadelphia, where he developed a greater understanding of the mechanical arts. While Lukens excelled in the art of clockmaking, he also demonstrated his skills in constructing the tower clock in the Pennsylvania State House (1828); chronometers and air rifles; a machine disproving Charles Redheffer’s idea of perpetual motion; and other mechanical instruments. These creations catapulted him to fame in Philadelphia’s respected literary and scientific organizations, namely the American Philosophical Society and the Franklin Institute.

The presentation, Like Clockwork: The Philadelphia Clocks and Creations of Isaiah Lukens (1779-1846), explores the life and legacy of Isaiah Lukens in early nineteenth-century Philadelphia. It highlights some of Lukens’ clocks and inventions—particularly his 14-foot clock in the Athenaeum of Philadelphia—while examining his connections with other local inventors and intellectuals like Charles Willson Peale. Through the diverse products of his trade, Isaiah Lukens distinguished himself from other Philadelphians as a scientific mechanic, whose contributions greatly impacted the city’s technological progress.

To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/like-clockwork-the-philadelphia-clocks-and-creations-of-isaiah-lukens-tickets-135535164325

About Elizabeth Fox:
Elizabeth Fox is the curatorial assistant for American art at the Worcester Art Museum. Currently, her projects involve the reinstallation of WAM’s American galleries, which will explore the cost of luxury in early American visual and material culture. She received her M.A. in Decorative Arts & Design History from the Smithsonian and George Washington University (2018), and her B.A. in History and Religion from Furman University (2016). She also participated in the Decorative Arts Trust’s Fall 2019 Symposium and Colonial Williamsburg’s 70th Annual Antiques Forum as scholarship recipient. During her academic career, Elizabeth acquired positions at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library, and the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms. Her most recent publication, “ ‘A Fine Craftsman in the Best Tradition’: The Clock-making Trade of Isaiah Lukens,” is the basis of her presentation.

Isaiah Lukens was a renowned mechanic of his age. Having apprenticed to his father Seneca Lukens, he set out from Horsham in 1811 to establish himself as clockmaker and watchmaker in Philadelphia, where he developed a greater understanding of the mechanical arts. While Lukens excelled in the art of clockmaking, he also demonstrated his skills in constructing the tower clock in the Pennsylvania State House (1828); chronometers and air rifles; a machine disproving Charles Redheffer’s idea of perpetual motion; and other mechanical instruments. These creations catapulted him to fame in Philadelphia’s respected literary and scientific organizations, namely the American Philosophical Society and the Franklin Institute.

The presentation, Like Clockwork: The Philadelphia Clocks and Creations of Isaiah Lukens (1779-1846), explores the life and legacy of Isaiah Lukens in early nineteenth-century Philadelphia. It highlights some of Lukens’ clocks and inventions—particularly his 14-foot clock in the Athenaeum of Philadelphia—while examining his connections with other local inventors and intellectuals like Charles Willson Peale. Through the diverse products of his trade, Isaiah Lukens distinguished himself from other Philadelphians as a scientific mechanic, whose contributions greatly impacted the city’s technological progress.

To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/like-clockwork-the-philadelphia-clocks-and-creations-of-isaiah-lukens-tickets-135535164325

About Elizabeth Fox:
Elizabeth Fox is the curatorial assistant for American art at the Worcester Art Museum. Currently, her projects involve the reinstallation of WAM’s American galleries, which will explore the cost of luxury in early American visual and material culture. She received her M.A. in Decorative Arts & Design History from the Smithsonian and George Washington University (2018), and her B.A. in History and Religion from Furman University (2016). She also participated in the Decorative Arts Trust’s Fall 2019 Symposium and Colonial Williamsburg’s 70th Annual Antiques Forum as scholarship recipient. During her academic career, Elizabeth acquired positions at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library, and the U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms. Her most recent publication, “ ‘A Fine Craftsman in the Best Tradition’: The Clock-making Trade of Isaiah Lukens,” is the basis of her presentation.

Join editor Janet Marstine for a discussion of the 2020 book Curating Under Pressure. This is the first book to examine ...
02/15/2021

Join editor Janet Marstine for a discussion of the 2020 book Curating Under Pressure. This is the first book to examine the pressures to self-censor and the curatorial responses to these pressures from a wide range of international perspectives. Curating Under Pressure breaks the silence surrounding curatorial self-censorship and shows that it is both endemic to the practice and ubiquitous. Contributors map the diverse forms that such self-censorship take and offer creative strategies for negotiating curatorial integrity.

TO PARTICIPATE: Register here: https://secure2.convio.net/gwu/site/Calendar?id=117641&view=Detail. You will receive an email with a link and instructions for joining the program on Zoom. Simply follow that link at the time the event starts (Wednesday, February 17th, 6 p.m. EST).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Based in Maine, Janet Marstine is honorary associate professor of Museum Studies (retired) at University of Leicester. She writes and consults on diverse aspects of museum ethics, supporting the agency of practitioners to make informed ethical decisions. She sat on the Ethics Committee of the UK’s Museums Association from 2014 to 2019, helping move their approach from one of policing to empowering. She is author of Critical Practice: Artists, Museums, Ethics (2017), editor of The Routledge Companion to Museum Ethics (2011) and co-editor of Curating Under Pressure: International Perspectives on Negotiating Conflict and Upholding Integrity (2020), among other publications.

About the Museums Today Series:
Each month during the academic year, museum leaders lead lively online discussions about critical issues in the field. This series is presented in partnership with the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries.

Join editor Janet Marstine for a discussion of the 2020 book Curating Under Pressure. This is the first book to examine the pressures to self-censor and the curatorial responses to these pressures from a wide range of international perspectives. Curating Under Pressure breaks the silence surrounding curatorial self-censorship and shows that it is both endemic to the practice and ubiquitous. Contributors map the diverse forms that such self-censorship take and offer creative strategies for negotiating curatorial integrity.

TO PARTICIPATE: Register here: https://secure2.convio.net/gwu/site/Calendar?id=117641&view=Detail. You will receive an email with a link and instructions for joining the program on Zoom. Simply follow that link at the time the event starts (Wednesday, February 17th, 6 p.m. EST).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Based in Maine, Janet Marstine is honorary associate professor of Museum Studies (retired) at University of Leicester. She writes and consults on diverse aspects of museum ethics, supporting the agency of practitioners to make informed ethical decisions. She sat on the Ethics Committee of the UK’s Museums Association from 2014 to 2019, helping move their approach from one of policing to empowering. She is author of Critical Practice: Artists, Museums, Ethics (2017), editor of The Routledge Companion to Museum Ethics (2011) and co-editor of Curating Under Pressure: International Perspectives on Negotiating Conflict and Upholding Integrity (2020), among other publications.

About the Museums Today Series:
Each month during the academic year, museum leaders lead lively online discussions about critical issues in the field. This series is presented in partnership with the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries.

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