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

Followed by reception for museum members
Nineteenth and twentieth century worlds 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 Worlds 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 worlds 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 free public lecture will be followed by a desert reception for museum members; please RSVP for the reception by sending a message to biodiversity@ku.edu or call 78.864.2344
June 07, 2012
07:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Dyche Hall