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Author: Carolyn Kinder Carr; Robert W Rydell; National Museum of American Art (U.S.); National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Museum of American Art and National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution ; Hanover : Distributed by the University Press of New England, 1993.
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When the doors to the Fine Arts Palace at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago opened in the spring of 1893, the American art inside was heralded as a triumph. Writing in Century Magazine, art critic Marianna G. Van Rensselaer proclaimed, "The Columbian Exhibition will prove to the most doubting and critical spirit that American art exists, that it is capable of great things, and that it can do great things
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
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Revisiting the white city.
Washington, D.C. : National Museum of American Art and National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution ; Hanover : Distributed by the University Press of New England, 1993
(OCoLC)607872773
Online version:
Revisiting the white city.
Washington, D.C. : National Museum of American Art and National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution ; Hanover : Distributed by the University Press of New England, 1993
(OCoLC)623756091
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Carolyn Kinder Carr; Robert W Rydell; National Museum of American Art (U.S.); National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution)
ISBN: 0937311014 9780937311011 0937311022 9780937311028
OCLC Number: 26855900
Notes: "Published on the occasion of the exhibition ... organized by the National Museum of American Art and the National Portrait Gallery ... and shown in their galleries from 16 April to 15 August 1993"--Title page verso.
Description: 408 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Contents: Rediscovering the 1893 Chicago World's Columbian Exposition / Robert W. Rydell --
Prejudice and pride : presenting American art at the 1993 Chicago World's Columbian Exposition / Carolyn Kinder Carr --
Color plates : the 1993 exhibition --
Catalogue of American paintings and sculptures exhibited at the World's Columbian Exposition : revised and updated / Brandon Brame Fortune and Michelle Mead.
Responsibility: organized by Carolyn Kinder Carr and George Gurney ; essays by Robert W. Rydell and Carolyn Kinder Carr ; catalogue of works by Brandon Brame Fortune and Michelle Mead.

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When the doors to the Fine Arts Palace at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago opened in the spring of 1893, the American art inside was heralded as a triumph. Writing in Century Magazine, art critic Marianna G. Van Rensselaer proclaimed, "The Columbian Exhibition will prove to the most doubting and critical spirit that American art exists, that it is capable of great things, and that it can do great things in a way distinctly its own."

Fairgoers were treated to achievements such as Thomas Eakins's Gross Clinic, Winslow Homer's Eight Bells, Eastman Johnson's Cranberry Harvest, and countless other now well-known works, in addition to pieces by many lesser-known artists. Not only did the exposition show the apogee of American art, it also occurred at a moment of immense cultural change - two significant indications being Frederick Jackson Turner's thesis on the closing of the frontier and the recently completed national census which announced the population's shift from rural to urban areas. As Evan Turner, director of the Cleveland Museum of Art, has said, "The Fair shaped national culture as has no other event in the history of the country." The National Museum of American Art and the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian institution spent five years researching the paintings and sculpture shown at the exposition and have jointly produced this - comprehensive commemorative volume and a centennial exhibition.

A color plate section highlights 100 works of art featured in the exhibition. Historian Robert Rydell discusses the historical and cultural context of the fair, and Carolyn Kinder Carr adds to an understanding of the regional and gender prejudices that pervaded the American art arena at the time. An extensive catalogue section updates the complete 1893 checklist, providing much new information on the 521 artists and locations of the objects, and offering descriptions and illustrations of well over three-fourths of the 1,184 works originally displayed. With over 900 illustrations of the art and the fair itself, this book is an invaluable resource for those interested in late nineteenth-century art and culture.

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