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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.)
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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
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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Gilbert Rohde, American. Vanity and Ottoman, 1934. Wood, Bakelite, wool.
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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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