All the World Is Here: Anthropology on Display at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair

Date: 

Dec 06, 2017, 6:00 pm
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Location: 

Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
1893 Chicago World's Fair anthropology display. Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution Archives.
1893 Chicago World's Fair anthropology display. Courtesy of Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Free Public Lecture

Ira Jacknis, Research Anthropologist, Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago was the first American fair to feature anthropology. The new discipline had its own building, supervised by Frederic Putnam, director of Harvard University’s Peabody Museum. It competed, however, with another anthropology display organized by the Smithsonian Institution. Ira Jacknis will discuss how these exhibits offered competing versions of cultural reality, and he will trace anthropological display innovations that have become standard museum practice.

Presented by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology. Free event parking at 52 Oxford Street Garage.

Related exhibition: See more about the World’s Fair in All the World Is Here: Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology