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.