Visitors of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art in Ithaca, NY will enjoy a special exhibition through December 18, 2016, called We Went to the Fair. View just a few of the artworks shown by American artists in the late 19th century at the 1851 Crystal Palace Exposition in London, the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, and the World Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893.
These fairs are considered the precursors of all future World's Fairs, as they set the tone as extravagant yet instructive, lively and fun. These fairs also exposed visitors to art from many other cultures, and allowed artists to showcase their works to a large audience. The juries for these events took selection very seriously in choosing the paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics, and all of the other artwork chosen to represent American culture of the time.
Johnson's extensive collection features many images by the famous painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler, who was a frequent exhibitor at the fairs. Several works in the museum's permanent collection were shown in the fairs and were well received by critics. Johnson's collection also includes a large display of color woodcut works from the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition held in San Francisco. The We Went to the Fair exhibition closes on December 18, 2016, so be sure to visit the museum while staying at The Statler Hotel this holiday season.
- Start:November 27, 2016
- End:December 18, 2016
- Where:Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art Cornell University, 114 Central Avenue, Ithaca, NY, USA, 14853
- Event Type:Arts & Theater
- Ticket Price:N/A