Exhibition on First World’s Fair Held in the United States (Through Sunday, July 30)

    Date: 03/24/2017 - 07/30/2017

    Time: All Day

    Location: Bard Graduate Center (38 W. 86th St., Manhattan)

    Price: Free admission

    Shedding light on a near-forgotten aspect of New York City’s cultural history, this exhibition explores the history and material culture of the first world’s fair held in the United States.

    The New York Crystal Palace (formally known as the Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations) opened in July of 1853, on the site of what is now Bryant Park, facing Sixth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets. Housed in an innovative cast‐iron and glass structure, the Crystal Palace rates as one of the city’s first tourist attractions. It showcased an enormous range of consumer goods and technological marvels of the age, a sampling of which are presented.

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