Visualizing the 1893 World's Fair

This seminar will explore the visual culture of the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, in conjunction with the Newberry's fall 2018 thematic exhibition, Pictures from an Exposition: Visualizing the 1893 World's Fair. The seminar will begin with a classroom discussion of the readings and of images of the fair in various artistic media. We will then move into the galleries where we will examine the original objects on display in the exhibition and continue our discussion. Topics to be covered include the planning and construction of the grounds and buildings; the experiences of fair visitors; memories and mementos of the exposition; and the fair's evolving reputation, as expressed by critics at the time and more recent scholars.