Reading the World's Fair

Contributors come from eight different countries and represent affiliations in academia, museums and libraries, professional and architectural firms, non-profit organizations, and government regulatory agencies. In taking the measure of both the material artifacts and the larger cultural production of world’s fairs, the volume presents its own phantasmagoria of disciplinary perspectives, historical periods, geographical locales, media, and messages, mirroring the microcosmic form of the world’s fair itself.

Table of Contents

1. Anthropology & Ethnology Pavilion

1.1. When “The Present European Family” Contemplates “The Phases of Human Existence”: The Court of Natural history at the Crystal Palace, Sydenham, 1854-1866 by Fanny Robles

1.2. Displaying Cultural History: The Smithsonian Institution and the World’s Fairs by Kathleen Curran

1.3. Living Authenticity: The World’s Fair and the Zoo by Aaron Santesso

1.4. Blanche et Noir, by Louise Faure-Favier: When France Falls in Love with Senegal at the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900 by Fanny Robles

1.5. Debating the African Village by Deborah L. Hughes

1.6. Embodying Touristic Mexico: Virtual and Erased Indigenous Bodies by Ruth Hellier-Tinoco

2. American Identity Pavilion

2.1. Frontiers of the World’s Columbian Exposition by Stephen J. Whitfield

2.2. Fixing Race: Visual Representation of African Americans at the World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago 1893 by Bridget R. Cooks

2.3. Staging Gentility at the Columbian Exposition: White Masculinity on and off the Midway by Constance Crompton

2.4. Picturing Female Patriotism in Three Dimensions: High Street at the 1926 Sesquicentennial by Lydia Mattice Brandt

2.5. Ethnic Pride on Display at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fairby Cheryl R. Ganz

2.6. Plump, Moist, and a Bit of a Chump: Elmer and the Average American and the 1939 World’s Fair by Katie Uva

2.7. Deconstructing the Unisphere: Hip-Hop on a Shrinking Globe in an Expanding Universe by Nettrice R. Gaskins

3. Science & Industry Pavilion

3.1. The Price of Things: Art, Industry and Commodity Culture at the Exposition Universelle of 1855 in Paris by Katie Hornstein

3.2. Taking the Factory to the Fair by Allison C. Marsh

3.3. Fordism, Corporate Display, and the American Expositions of the 1930sby Lisa D. Schrenk

3.4. The Past Was No Illusion by Walt Bransford

3.5. Eames at the Fair by Celia Pearce

4. Design & Architecture Pavilion

4.1. Socialism on Display: The Czechoslovak and Yugoslav Pavilions at the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair by Kimberly Elman Zarecor and Vladimir Kulić

4.2. The 1925 Paris Exposition des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes and Le Pavillon de l’Esprit Nouveau: Le Corbusier’s Modernist Manifesto by Lynn E. Palermo

4.3. Official and Unofficial Spaces of the Budapest Millennial Exhibition, 1896by Dorothy Barenscott181

4.4. Expo 67, or Megastructure Redux by Inderbir Singh Riar

4.5. The Restoration of the New York Hall of Science by Raymond M. Pepi, Christopher Gembinski, Laura Buchner

5. Operations & Urban Planning Pavilion

5.1. Panorama: Robert Moses’ Modern City and the New York World’s Fairs by Magdalena Sabat

5.2. The Pass of the Chair Maker: Identity and Visibility at the International Exhibition, 1876 by Kate LaPrad

5.3. Aucune Usine au Monde: Dreaming Work in the Exposition Universelle, Paris 1878 by Lawrence Bird

5.4. Beyond the Event: World’s Fairs and Urban Transformation Since WWII by Gaia Caramellino, Alessandro De Magistris, Federico Deambrosis

5.5. Victor Gruen and the World’s Fair that Wasn’t by Timothy Mennel

6. Arts, Entertainment & Media Pavilion

6.1. The Theatre Culture of United States International Expositions, 1876-1893 by Robert Davis

6.2. Film, Technology, and Imperialism at the Pan-American Exposition, 1901 by Brian R. Jacobson

6.3. Humphrey Jennings and the Festival Audience: Spare Time, Family Portrait, and the Rhetoric of National Identity by Kevin M. Flanagan

6.4. Progress is More Than Just a Word: The Workers Film and Photo League at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair by Carla Leshne

6.5. Panic at the Pan 1901: Anarchy, Electricity, Early Cinema by Chris Kamerbeek

7. Amusements & Recreation Pavilion

7.1. How the Theme Park Got Its Power: The World’s Fair as Cultural Form by Scott A. Lukas

7.2. Disney and “This World’s Fair Thing” by J. P. Telotte

7.3. A World of Fun: The New York World’s Fair 1964/1965by David Thomas

7.4. A History of Picnics at World’s Fairs by Van Troi Tran

7.5. EPCOT: Disney’s (sort of) World’s Fair by Stacy Warren

8. Pavilion Of The Future

8.1. The Cartoons of Tomorrow’s Conveniences by Bobby Schweizer

8.2. The Japan Pavilion at the 1964/65 New York World’s Fair: A Vision of the Near Future by Dr. Lori C. Walters

8.3. To Work and Play and Live in the Year 2000:Creating the Future at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair by Stacy Warren

8.4. A World Fair for the Future: A Study of the Legacy of the Expo ‘98 Urban Model by Patricia Simões Aelbrecht

8.5. Flying to the World of Tomorrow: The Ascension Theme at the 1939 New York World’s Fair by Adnan Morshed