The World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 was created to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus's discovery of America. Hosted in Chicago, the World's Fair was so spectacular that it attracted over 27 million people from all over the world during its six month run.
This lecture by Dr. Suzanne L. Epstein will focus on the splendid architecture of the Fair which, together with its exquisitely landscaped setting, exerted a major influence on city planning and public building throughout the world for almost four decades after the close of the Fair.
The lecture will highlight major sculptural works at the Fair. Slides of the interiors and the fascinating contents of many of the Fair's buildings will also be shown.
Although most of these buildings, their contents and their sculptural decorations have now vanished, the many photographs and paintings made of them continue to remind us of the incredible richness and breathtaking beauty of that splendid World's Fair which attracted the attention of the entire world to Chicago in 1893.