Visiting the Paris World's Fair of 1889

Art history students bring the Exposition Universelle de 1889 to MCAD's College Center.

A few weeks ago Associate Professor Jessica M. Dandona and her art history students—or more accurately the artists Gérôme, Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, Gauguin, Monet, Renoir, Moreau, Seurat, Meissonnier, Bouguereau, Toulouse-Lautrec, Whistler, Sargent, Puvis de Chavannes, Cézanne, and Degas, plus the dealers Georges Petit and Paul Durand-Ruel and the critics Joséphin Péladan, Felix Fénéon, Joris-Karl Huysmans, and Albert Aurier—hosted a very special event on campus: the Paris World's Fair of 1889!

This extraordinary spectable of epic importance featured artists' exhibits, including the Salon of 1889, shows by dealers such as Georges Petit, and independent exhibitions by artists such as Gauguin and Cézanne. Plus, there were displays of nineteenth-century souvenirs from Paris and models of nineteenth-century dress, as well as culturally appropriate snacks.

All at MCAD were encouraged to stop by and cheer on students as they assumed the personae of nineteenth-century artists, dealers, and critics and did their best to make attendees fans of “their” work.

Video by Ethan Vander Broek