World’s Fairs

, University Teaching Gallery, Harvard Art Museums
  • The World Fair
  • Pennsylvania Pavilion for World's Fair, New York, 1939
  • Untitled (Group of men and youth including Negritos from the Philippine Exhibit, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904 World’s Fair, St. Louis),
  • Study for World's Columbian Exposition Commemorative Presentation Medal, reverse
  • Basin Seen from Peristyle, Columbia Exposition, Chicago, Illinois
  • The Algerian Palace at the Trocadero, Paris Exposition of 1878
  • The Great Exhibition (Interior)
  • Gems of the Great Exhibition: Sabrina
  • Gems of the Great Exhibition: Cupid and Psyche
  • Louisiana World Exposition
  • Pennsylvania Pavilion for World's Fair, New York, 1939: Hall of Progress
  • Glasgow International Exhibition
  • Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834)
  • The Crystal Palace
  • Gems of the Great Exhibition: A Nymph, by Wyatt
  • Gems of the Great Exhibition: The Lion in Love
  • Gems of the Crystal Palace, Sydenham. No. 1, the Exterior
  • A Small Building with a Thatched Roof
  • Visitors at the Russian Pavilion
  • Midway Plaisance, Looking West, World's Columbian Exposition
  • Untitled (Jessie Tarbox Beals preparing to take photograph atop high ladder, main entrance of the Austrian Pavilion, 1904 St. Louis World's Fair)
  • Pennsylvania Pavilion for World's Fair, New York, 1939: Hall of Democracy
  • Antonin Proust (1832-1905)
  • Crystal Palace and Gardens
  • Bird's Eye View of the Universal Exposition, Paris
  • Injured at World's Fair: New York: - Robert P. Mackey, vice president of the Belgian Village at the New York World's Fair, displays bandage covering an injury he says he received when he was beaten up by Fair police while trying to break up a brawl May 9th.  Mackey said, May 11th, he and the exhibit's president, Robert Straile, were assaulted by Pinkerton Guards during a scuffle involving two of the guards and four unidentified men.  Mackey was hospitalized as a result of the brawl.
  • MacMonnies Fountain, From Grand Plaza, World's Columbian Exposition
University Teaching Gallery, Harvard Art Museums

World’s Fairs were created to showcase cultural, scientific and technical achievements and to highlight future ambitions of nations around the world. Featuring a range of objects drawn primarily from the museums’ collections, this installation examines cultural display through the art and architecture of world’s fairs from the mid-19th century to the postwar era. Beginning with the Crystal Palace in London (1851), it explores the history of fairs as artistic and social phenomenon along with how these events were shaped by national identity, ethnicity, social class, race, imperialism, colonialism, and gender issues.

This installation complements a course taught by Suzanne P. Blier, Allen Whitehill Clowes Professor of Fine Arts and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University. The University Teaching Gallery serves faculty and students affiliated with Harvard’s Department of History of Art and Architecture (HAA). Semester-long installations are mounted in this space in conjunction with undergraduate and graduate courses, supporting instruction in the critical analysis of art.

The installation is made possible in part by funding from the Gurel Student Exhibition Fund. Modern and contemporary art programs at the Harvard Art Museums are made possible in part by generous support from the Emily Rauh Pulitzer and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr., Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art.