The Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania is a hidden gem where I recently saw World on View: Objects from Universal Expositions, 1851-1915.
This is a walk back in time illustrating many technological innovations as well as the west’s fascination with the orient, African trade, the popularization of fancy refreshment equipment, the importance of the sewing machine, the first electric kettles, beautiful American Indian baskets, fancy promotional items, and more.
The first Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Continents was held in 1851 in Hyde Park, London. Since then more than 100 world's fairs have been held in more than 20 countries throughout the world. They have functional as well as aesthetic objectives and have become huge entertainments.
I enjoyed this walk back in time. The exhibit closes on July 29, 2018