Event—Public Programming

Behind the Model: Reconstructing the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition


Listen to an audio recording of this program.

Reclaim the lost experience of navigating through the White City with this digital visual simulation.

Lisa Snyder will discuss the technology and research behind her rich computer reconstruction of the 1893 World Columbian Exposition's White City. This combination allows interactive exploration of Chicago's legendary exposition and unprecedented opportunities for teaching and learning. Using the model as illustration, Snyder will highlight both key features of the reconstruction and the archival resources that informed the project.

Dr. Lisa M. Snyder, of UCLA's Office of Information Technology and Institute for Digital Research and Education, is Director of Campus Research Initiatives, Acting Director of the Research Technology Group, and Manger of its GIS, Visualization, and Modeling Group. She holds a Master of Architectural History from the University of Virginia and a PhD in Architecture from UCLA. Currently, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Dr. Snyder is leading a team to develop VSim, a software interface that enables users to craft narratives in three-dimensional space and embed annotations and links to web content. Dr. Snyder uses this dynamic open-source software to present her reconstruction model of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.

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Immediately following this presentation, the Newberry American Art and Visual Culture Seminar will hold a symposium in Ruggles Hall on Chicago's Two World's Fairs.

This event, funded by a grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art, is part of our programming in connection with the exhibition Pictures from an Exposition: Visualizing the 1893 World's Fair. See it from September 28 to December 31, 2018, at the Newberry.

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