The Future of Yesterday: Photographs of Architectural Remains of World's Fairs

June 28, 2012—October 28, 2012
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Bloch Lobby

Admission is free.

Belgian artist Ives Maes explores the architecture of world’s fair sites as they look today - often decades after the events. His work provides an alternative view to the utopian vision presented at these popular global exhibitions. Maes reveals that over time, these architectural marvels and spaces have been repurposed, abandoned or moved from their original contexts.

Maes invites the viewer to explore the optimistic hopes of the fairs and the reality of the present. With his large photographic sculptures, Maes creates bold compositions, saturated with color, that shape the soaring spaces of the Bloch Lobby, much as the pavilions shaped the visitor’s experience at world’s fairs.

Image: Ives Maes, Belgian, b. 1976. King Triton (Louisiana World Exposition, New Orleans, 1984), 2012. 42 1/8 x 52 x 1 3/4 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Christian Nagel, Berlin.


This exhibition is supported by the Donald J. Hall Initiative.

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