Main Meeting Rooms (upstairs)
The Paris World’s Fair of 1900 not only celebrated the change of centuries, but also provided evidence of a global culture (albeit often in conflict), exhibiting the arts and civilization of cultures from across the world. Modern artists drew from sources like masks, totems and dance performance in Africa, Polynesia and East Asia. Additionally, the World’s Fair exhibited technological progress with bicycles, the Metro, automobiles, reinforced concrete, photography and cinema. The decades between 1890 and 1910 also witnessed the publication of revolutionary scientific treatises from dream analysis by Sigmund Freud in 1899 to Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity less than a decade later. This six week lecture series explores the relationship between the modern arts, globalization and science in the works of the finest artists of this period.
Dr. Alice M. Rudy Price received a Ph.D. from Temple University, Tyler School of Art in 2014, specializing in nineteenth-century European art and culture. Dr. Price teaches modern and contemporary art and architecture at Temple University, Tyler School of Art and at Philadelphia University.