When you see this images, what do you think of? The future, the world of tomorrow. Unimaginable architecture and works of engineering we dream existed. Flying cars maybe virtual people. What if there where a place that we could just see all this happen, where the world would get together, just to show you a glimpse of what it will be like. Well in 1939, the people of the world got a glimpse of what our time will be like.
Lets go back 10 years before, 1929. Three New York socialites, Lilie P Bliss, Abby Rockefeller, Mary Quinn Sullivan talked and decided to bring their passion for modern art to a whole new level. They wanted to create a permanent gallery for modern art, a museum. They sat ...view middle of the document...
Throughout the years the fairs became the building blocks for modernity as Rober Rydel the author of “All the World’s a Fair” would say. Fairs where a fun way to learn about world, specially for people that didn't have the opportunity to travel. They also introduced new inventions like the Ferris Wheel, created for the Chicago World’s fair of 1893.
The New York World’s Fair of 1939.
The theme for the 1939 world’s fair, was the world of tomorrow. America was just recovering from a depression, it was the perfect time to show optimism, celebrate the past and show the world an outlook of the world of the future. The event was held in a 1,216 acres park Flushing Meadows in Queens. It took the organizers over a year just to clear the space where the fair was going to be held. The event opened April the 30th, with the first speech to be broadcasted in television by president Franklin D. Roosevelt at the opening ceremony. It featured a giant trylon and peresphere at the center of the fair. There where talking robots, disease free gardens, the first dishwashing machine, an aquacade, there was even an ATT pavilion where you could make free long distance calls. These are only to name a few of the attractions at the fair.
Even though an art pavilion wasn't in the initial plans for the fair. Artist complained, and organizers decided to include the Gallery of American Art Today. The gallery space included 1,200 works of American Artist from all over the country. The committee chose from over 25,000 works of art. They chose work that best represented their areas. As the chairman of the committee said they are the names of those who in the best judgement of the most experienced artist of the United Stated show promise of carrying on the great tradition of American Art in the larger field that the life of tomorrow will offer.
Simultaneously, the Museum of Modern Art was debuting a New Building with the exhibition Art in Our Time, celebrating the museum’s 10th year anniversary. The exhibition would run from May to September of that yearend it was planned specifically for the visitors of the World’s Fair. Unlike the Gallery of American Art Today it featured foreign work as well as american. The exhibit also included, photography, architecture, furniture, and moving pictures. It was a smaller scale compared to the World’s Fair, but never the less included very important works from the late 19th century until the present 1939.
Both exhibitions where more similar that expected, starting by the fact that the chairman of the Governing Committee was A. Conger Goodyear. You may recall him from before as he was also the chairman of the Museum of Modern Art. Also as part of the governing committee...