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Displaying the World: Innovation at the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939

Date: June 07, 2012

Location: Dyche Hall/Natural History Museum

Nineteenth and twentieth century world’s fairs were the most important vehicles for debuting advances in modern living. Often universal in scope, these major events brought together ideas and people in displays that exhibited scientific discoveries, agricultural products, machinery, manufactured products, paintings, sculpture and architecture. Fairs encouraged international competition as well as industrial and technical innovation. Using the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition as the centerpiece, Catherine Futter, Curator of Decorative Arts at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, will examine innovation and the golden age of world’s fairs from 1851 to 1939. The talk will be held in front of the museum’s famed Panorama exhibit, which was originally created for the 1893 Exposition and still displayed today.

The event will be held between 7:30pm – 9:00pm in Dyche Hall/Natural History Museum.

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