Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851–1939, a groundbreaking exhibition of extraordinary objects representing the pinnacle of science and artistic ingenuity, opens at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art April 14, 2012, and runs through Aug. 19 of that year. It then travels to Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, from Oct. 13, 2012–Feb. 24, 2013. Many objects will be seen in the United States for the first time. A full-color catalogue, written by international scholars of the 19th and 20th century decorative arts and co-published by Skira Rizzoli, will accompany the exhibition.
Gilbert Rohde, American (1884–1944). Vanity and Ottoman, 1934. Painted white holly, red English elm, yellow poplar, mirrored glass, Bakelite and wool upholstery. Yale University Art Gallery, 19126.96.36.199-2.
Inventing the Modern World includes about 200 objects shown at every major and several minor world’s fairs from 1851 to 1939, carefully chosen through a generous research grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The exhibition is co-curated by Catherine L. Futter, the Helen Jane and Hugh “Pat” Uhlmann Curator of Decorative Arts at the Nelson-Atkins, and Jason T. Busch, Curatorial Chair for Collections and the Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at Carnegie. In Kansas City the exhibition is supported by the Campbell-Calvin Fund and Elizabeth C. Bonner Charitable Trust for exhibitions. Additional Information