Empire and Memory at the Portland World’s Fair

September 8, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Whitsell Auditorium

Robert Lehman Foundation Speakers Series

Lisa Blee, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, Wake Forest University

The 1905 Centennial Exposition in Portland commemorated the anniversary of Lewis and Clark’s expedition. It was intended to showcase arts and modern industry of the day, as well as incorporate Portland into national narratives of empire. Through artistic and educational displays including “living” exhibits of colonized people, Portland joined other European and American fairs in articulating a fantasy of the history and future of civilization. What should we make of this narrative?

This event is presented in conjunction with the special exhibition Paris 1900: City of Entertainment.

Thank you to the Robert Lehman Foundation for funding this special series of exhibition-related talks.

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The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

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Georges Paul Leroux. The International Exhibition’s Palace of Optics, 1900
Georges Paul Leroux (1877-1957). The International Exhibition’s Palace of Optics, 1900. Color lithograph, 31 3/4 x 23 5/8 in., Musée Carnavalet. © Petit Palais / Roger-Viollet