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A Fair to Remember: The Impact of World's Fairs on Progress in Art and Science

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Salle de Jeu et Conversation, Turin, 1902. (Cobra Chairs on exhibit.) by Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

MAB: Is there any other information about the exhibit that you would like our readers to know?

CLF: Although people often think of the products from the fairs being posters and souvenirs, the fairs were about innovation in all things: three-dimensional technology, new processes, new parts of the world and learning about them.

Clara Driscoll, American. Lamp 1900. Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company by Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

There is more interest in the objects made for and displayed at world's fairs and museums, auction houses and dealers are drawing more attention to these extraordinary works."-

The exhibition will be traveling to three other cities, so there will be more opportunities to see the exhibition in new locations.

There is also a catalogue with nearly all of the works from the exhibition included as well as some that could not travel. It is a wonderful way to learn more about the exhibition and the world's fairs.

William Morris quotation by Meryl Ann Butler

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Additional venues:

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA: Oct. 13, 2012 -- Feb. 24, 2013.

New Orleans Museum of Art: April 14 -- Aug. 4, 2013.

The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC: Sept. 21, 2013 -- Jan. 19, 2014.

Gilbert Rohde, American. Vanity and Ottoman, 1934. Wood, Bakelite, wool. by Yale University Art Gallery

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A full-color catalogue, Inventing the Modern World, by Jason T. Busch and Catherine L. Futter, with essays written by international scholars of 19th- and 20th-century decorative arts, accompanies the exhibit. Available at the Museum Store:


Major support for this exhibition was provided by Wells Fargo, the Windgate Charitable Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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