World’s Fairs as a Microcosm of the Known Universe

14993288_10102777981100402_4522562131232673779_nWhen the Victorians designed their popular World’s Fairs, the goal was to compress the entire known world into a compact space that could be visited in a few days and in one place.They created these microcosms by using scale models, miniatures, dioramas, and panoramas which delighted their millions of visitors. Thousands of examples of natural wonders, archaeological sites, manufacturing techniques, exotic cultures, patented inventions, transportation, military equipment, farming techniques, entire cities, and social institutions were created and some still exist today in museums and collections.This talk will explore this exhibition technique and its lasting effects today including on motion pictures, amusement parks, museum displays, tabletop gaming, and virtual reality.


Presented by Dr. Louise Krasniewicz