2008 Student Research Conference:
21st Annual Student Research Conference

Achievements of the Fair Sex: Art in the Woman's Building at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition
Adrien K. Keables
Dr. Julia DeLancey, Dr. Sara Orel, and Dr. Steven Reschly, Faculty Mentors

The Woman's Building at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition provides a fascinating opportunity for art historians, particularly those interested in women's roles. While not the first instance women participated in a World's Fair, the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, also known as the Chicago World's Fair and the White City, marks the first time women were included in plans for a Fair from the very beginning. While traditional buildings showcased achievements in agriculture and technology, the Woman's Building proclaimed the achievements of women. The art displayed in the Woman's Building at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition reveals tension among women towards the end of the nineteenth century as they attempted to become full members of society and the artistic community, yet still showcase women's achievements.

Keywords: 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, World's Fair, Women's History, 19th Centruy Art, Women's Art, Woman's Building, Lady Managers, Chicago

Topic(s):Art History

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 1-1
Location: OP 2210
Time: 8:15

Add to Custom Schedule


Search Truman State University Help Directories
Contact SRC Webmaster  |  SRC Privacy Policy