World’s Fairs

, University Teaching Gallery, Harvard Art Museums
  • Pennsylvania Pavilion for World's Fair, New York, 1939
  • The World Fair
  • Study for World's Columbian Exposition Commemorative Presentation Medal, reverse
  • Untitled (Group of men and youth including Negritos from the Philippine Exhibit, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, 1904 World’s Fair, St. Louis),
  • Basin Seen from Peristyle, Columbia Exposition, Chicago, Illinois
  • Pennsylvania Pavilion for World's Fair, New York, 1939: Hall of Progress
  • Glasgow International Exhibition
  • Louisiana World Exposition
  • The Great Exhibition (Interior)
  • Gems of the Great Exhibition: Sabrina
  • Gems of the Great Exhibition: Cupid and Psyche
  • The Algerian Palace at the Trocadero, Paris Exposition of 1878
  • Midway Plaisance, Looking West, World's Columbian Exposition
  • 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
  • The Crystal Palace
  • A Small Building with a Thatched Roof
  • Visitors at the Russian Pavilion
  • Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834)
  • 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
  • MacMonnies Fountain, From Grand Plaza, World's Columbian Exposition
  • Antonin Proust (1832-1905)
  • Bird's Eye View of the Universal Exposition, Paris
  • Crystal Palace and Gardens
  • 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.
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 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.

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.