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World’s Fairs from 1851-1967: The History, Evolution, and Highlights in Four Parts with Dr. Jennie Hirsh

World’s Fairs from 1851-1967: The History, Evolution, and Highlights in Four Parts with Dr. Jennie Hirsh


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This four-part course focuses on the history of world's fairs from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. After an introduction that explains how these fairs originated as well as how countries vied for the opportunity to host one, the course will survey a total of 8 worlds fairs, beginning with one the first week, followed by a curated selection of 2 or 3 for each of the subsequent weeks of this comparative course. 

Led by an expert on modern and contemporary art and architecture, Dr. Jennie Hirsh, this lecture will introduce learners to the themes and scope of world's fairs through some of the most interesting examples in history. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of not only individual fairs that that serve as case studies but also a sense of how these exhibitions changed over time.

Lecture One: Introduction to World's Fairs and the Paris World's Fair of 1855

Lecture Two: Chicago 1893 and Paris 1900

Lecture Three: Chicago 1933, Brussels 1935, and New York 1939

Lecture Four: Brussels 1958, Montreal Expo '67, and the New York World's Fair of 1964

Jennie Hirsh (Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College) is a Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton and Columbia Universities, as well as pre-doctoral fellowships from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, the U.S. Fulbright Commission, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Wolfsonian FIU. Hirsh has authored essays on artists including Giorgio de Chirico, Giorgio Morandi, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Yinka Shonibare, and Regina Silveira, and is co-editor, with Isabelle Wallace, of Contemporary Art and Classical Myth (Ashgate 2011).

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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J.S. (Irvine, US)
Excellent research and foundation

This 4 week course on the World Fairs exceeded my expectations. I welcomed her knowledge and photos and commentary each Friday. I just wish I wasn’t so busy those days, but it was super convenient that they were recorded. It was a lot of information on world class cities! Thank you!

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Donna Lanen (San Diego, US)
World Fairs

Always a pleasure to attend a lecture by Dr. Hirsh. She does her research and that makes the subjects come alive. World Fairs throughout history have evolved. They were a clear snapshot of what was currently happening and sometimes a glimpse into the future.

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Lyle McClellan (Seattle, US)
World expo’s

Interesting facts and history of the Chicago and Paris. So many cool facts that I didn’t know before.

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Lyle McClellan (Seattle, US)
New knowledge

This was so interesting to see the start of National and world expositions. Can’t wait for the next modules.

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Based on 4 reviews
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J.S. (Irvine, US)
Excellent research and foundation

This 4 week course on the World Fairs exceeded my expectations. I welcomed her knowledge and photos and commentary each Friday. I just wish I wasn’t so busy those days, but it was super convenient that they were recorded. It was a lot of information on world class cities! Thank you!

D
Donna Lanen (San Diego, US)
World Fairs

Always a pleasure to attend a lecture by Dr. Hirsh. She does her research and that makes the subjects come alive. World Fairs throughout history have evolved. They were a clear snapshot of what was currently happening and sometimes a glimpse into the future.

L
Lyle McClellan (Seattle, US)
World expo’s

Interesting facts and history of the Chicago and Paris. So many cool facts that I didn’t know before.

L
Lyle McClellan (Seattle, US)
New knowledge

This was so interesting to see the start of National and world expositions. Can’t wait for the next modules.