Susan Weber
Susan Weber is Founder and Director of the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture.
Weber, Susan
Weber, Susan
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Description: History of Design: Decorative Arts and Material Culture 1400–2000
~Creating some form of textbook of decorative arts has been in the back of my mind since I founded the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts (BGC) in 1993. I realized that to expand the range of graduate and undergraduate courses addressing the decorative arts, we needed more pedagogical tools, and better ones. I remembered how central...
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Pat Kirkham (Editor), Susan Weber (Editor)
PublisherBard Graduate Center
Description: History of Design: Decorative Arts and Material Culture 1400–2000
Pat Kirkham (Editor), Susan Weber (Editor)
Spanning six centuries of global design, this far-reaching survey is the first to offer an account of the vast history of decorative arts and design produced in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Indian subcontinent, and the Islamic world, from 1400 to the present. Meticulously documented and generously illustrated, the volume covers interiors, furniture, textiles and dress, glass, graphics, metalwork, ceramics, exhibitions, product design, landscape and garden design, and theater and film design. Divided into four chronological sections, each of which is subdivided geographically, the authors elucidate the evolution of style, form, materials, and techniques, and address vital issues such as gender, race, patronage, cultural appropriation, continuity versus innovation, and high versus low culture.

Leading authorities in design history and decorative arts studies present hundreds of objects in their contemporary contexts, demonstrating the overwhelming extent to which the applied arts have enriched customs, ceremony, and daily life worldwide over the past six hundred years. This ambitious, landmark publication is essential reading, contributing a definitive classic to the existing scholarship on design, decorative arts, and material culture, while also introducing these subjects to new readers in a comprehensive, erudite book with widespread appeal.

*This eBook is available exclusively on the A&AePortal.*
Author
Pat Kirkham (Editor), Susan Weber (Editor)
Print publication date December 2013 (in print)
Print ISBN 9780300196146
EISBN 9780300255973
Illustrations 817
Print Status in print
Description: William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain
WILLIAM KENT was among the earliest British architect-designers to focus on every element of an interior, from tables (fig. 18.1) and chairs to...
Author
Susan Weber (Editor)
PublisherBard Graduate Center
Description: William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain
IN DESIGNS FOR ARCHITECTURE—from country houses to government buildings — William Kent drew inspiration from the work of three earlier architects: Vitruvius of classical Rome, Andrea Palladio of the Italian Renaissance, and Inigo Jones of the English Renaissance. These same sources did not prevail, however, when it came to models for the furnishing of buildings. None of these pivotal...
Author
Susan Weber (Editor)
PublisherBard Graduate Center
Description: William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain
Chronology
Author
Susan Weber (Editor)
PublisherBard Graduate Center
Description: William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain
WILLIAM KENT, one of the most talked about artists of his time, was considered an unparalleled arbiter of taste...
Author
Susan Weber (Editor)
PublisherBard Graduate Center
Description: William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain
Susan Weber (Editor)
The most versatile British designer of the eighteenth century, William Kent (1685–1748) created a style for a new nation and monarchy. The scope of his achievements encompasses architecture, palatial interiors, elaborate gardens, and exquisite furniture. Among his creative innovations are bold combinations of elements from Palladian, rococo, and gothic design, anticipating the intermingling of architectural styles we see today.  William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain is the first comprehensive exploration of this important designer and his extraordinary creations.

An international team of the foremost experts in the field examines the entire spectrum of Kent’s oeuvre, including the interiors at Kensington Palace and Houghton Hall. Essays illuminate issues about the authorship of Kent’s furniture and metalwork, situate his contributions in relation to architectural discourse, and classify the characteristics of his designs.

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Author
Susan Weber (Editor)
Print publication date October 2013 (out of print)
Print ISBN 9780300196184
EISBN 9780300256482
Illustrations 632
Print Status out of print
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Description: Agents of Faith: Votive Objects in Time and Place
~I am pleased to inaugurate the quarter-century celebration of the founding of Bard Graduate Center with the exhibition, Agents of Faith: Votive Objects in Time and Place, on a subject worthy of marking the occasion. Votive practices infuse inanimate objects—whether familiar or mysterious, personal or communal—with spiritual significance,...
Author
Ittai Weinryb (Editor)
PublisherBard Graduate Center