Thursday, April 5, 2012

If You Build It


The image, above, is of my father at the New York World's Fair 1964 - 65.  Catherine Futter, Curator of Decorative Arts at the Nelson-Atkins Museum was there, too.  (She was, however, much younger.  She still has her Sinclair Oil dinosaur pin.)  World's Fairs made a significant mark on Futter.  They held her interest.  They captivated her.


We are a week out from the opening of Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs at the Nelson, an exhibit co-curated by Futter.  As with all the World's Fairs, not all the good stuff is inside.  The architecture of the pavilions was often as significant as the objects.  In our case, the Nelson has constructed the Sun Pavilion on the lawn.  Designed by Generator Studio, the structure has 150 solar panels that will provide power for the lighting, air conditioning and interactive displays.  Almost all the materials will be repurposed when the exhibit is dismantled.  For more information click here.

For tickets to the exhibit, click here.

6 comments:

Karena said...

Patricia I am so excited about this exhibit, cannot wait!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Marisa/Stylebeat said...

What a fantastic photo of your father!
x

MJH Design Arts said...

I was at the '64 World's Fair --really young, but it made a huge impression on me. But I cannot remember anything in particular except the crowds of people and the excitement of seeing it all. Mary

laney said...

...oh my goodness...i was 14...i too was at the 1964 world's fair...i had a COMPUTER analyze my hand writing...and i stood where your daddy stood and had my picture taken...i am older than dirt...

ADG said...

Do you think you look like your daddy?

StacyStyle said...

What a treasure this photo of your father is!