• December 8, 2018, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Chicago’s Two World’s Fairs

The Newberry Library

60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois 60610

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Orcutt Co. Chicago, Cover Illustration for “Chicago Day Waltz” (Chicago: Valisi Bros. Publishers, c. 1893). The Newberry Library, Call No. Case Sheet Music M32.V35 C55.


In conjunction with the exhibition Pictures from an Exposition: Visualizing the 1893 World’s Fair the Newberry Library leads a series of panels exploring the visual art and culture of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and the Century of Progress International Exposition of 1933-34.

The schedule is as follows:

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893

  • Sarah Burns, “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Thomas Hovenden, Breaking Home Ties, and Culture Wars in the White City of 1893”
  • Edward C. Hirschland, “An Electric Ballet. Huh?”
  • Judy Koessel, “Discovering Dodge: William De Leftwich Dodge, American Muralist (1867-1935)” 

1 p.m. – 2 p.m. The Century of Progress International Exposition of 1933-34

  • Elizabeth McGoey, “‘Homelike Atmosphere Sought’: American Domesticity on View at the 1933-34 Century of Progress”
  • Erika Doss, “People’s Choice: Grant Wood at the Century of Progress, 1933-1934.”
  • Felicia Caponigri, “The Italo Balbo Monument: Italians and Italian-Americans in Chicago at the 1933-34 World’s Fair”
This event is free and open to the public.