The World’s Fair Project: The Formerly-Grand Spectacle Sites Today

Paris 1889/1937 Expositions / Eiffel Tower, Trocadero, Palais de Chaillot, 2007 © Jade Doskow

Philadelphia 1876 World’s Fair, “Centennial Exposition,” Memorial Hall, 2008 © Jade Doskow

Brussels 1897, “Exposition Internationale de Bruxelles,” Parc du Cinquentenaire, 2008 © Jade Doskow

Brussels 1958 World Fair, World View: A New Humanism, Atomium at Night, 2008 © Jade Doskow

NY 1964 World’s Fair, “Peace Through Understanding,” NY State Pavilion, 2008 © Jade Doskow

Chicago 1893 World’s Fair, “The Columbian Exposition,” Palace of Fine Arts, 2008 © Jade Doskow

The World’s Fair Project: The Formerly-Grand Spectacle Sites Today

Photography by: Jade Doskow, NYC

The World’s Fair Project is a collection of photographs by Jade Doskow, who received her MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York. While at the SVA, Doskow received the prestigious Alumni Scholarship Award and has had her work featured in Photo-District News, New York Arts Magazine, and The Visual Arts Journal. The series of photographs includes architectural images taken at World’s Fair sites all over the world, from both the 19th and 20th centuries. Doskow has been tracking down each site, one by one, to see how the once-grand spectacle sites exist today. She was interested in finding out about what happened to the World’s Fair as a concept, as well as in seeing how the old sites and structures are being used presently in their communities.

Doskow found that there has been considerable arbitrariness about how the sites and structures that remain from these large events currently exist in time. Often, the hosting city has used the fair as a purpose to turn an unused part of the city into a public park. Typically, it appeared that little foresight had been given to how the city could possibly afford to maintain these large and often strangely engineered buildings over time. In addition, she found that while the World’s Fair structures were meant to reference “the future,” in the actual future many of them appear poorly maintained, very outdated and quite odd.

The World Columbian Exposition of 1893 (UCLA Visual Simulation)

Chicago’s Columbian Exhibition of 1893: A Postcard Journey

Thomas Edison’s L’ Exposition Universelle de 1900 à Paris

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