Robert Rydell: Innovations at World’s Fairs and the World They Made
All Kansas City Public Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, and will remain closed all day Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving.
Historian Robert Rydell describes how world’s fairs inspired and promoted innovations in architecture, the arts, music, science, and technology, not to mention consumer culture and mass entertainment. His presentation complements the exhibit Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939 currently on display at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
A professor of history at Montana State University, Rydell is author of All the World’s a Fair: Visions of Empire at American International Expositions, 1876-1916; Fair America: World’s Fairs in the United States; and World of Fairs: The Century-of-Progress Expositions.