Decorative art masterpieces to be discovered

September 2, 2012 by  

The Carnegie Museum of Art is set to present the exhibit ‘Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939’ and it will be a long-running event. Admission to the museum is $17.95 for adults, $14.95 for seniors, and $11.95 for students. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Sunday.

There will be an opening gala reception for the exhibit on October 12 from 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm. The reception will include a cocktail reception, a preview of the exhibit, and a seated dinner, where black tie is expected. Information on ticket prices can be found by calling 412-578-2552.

The exhibit will be showcasing decorative objects that were specifically made for world fairs. Over 200 objects will be on display, including jewelry, ceramics, textiles, and metalwork. All of these items represented some sort of innovation or artistic achievement for their time.

A symposium entitled “The Art of Science: Invention and Innovation at the World’s Fairs, 1851–1939” will also be held at the museum on October 13 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm which will feature a panel discussion and talks by the authors of the exhibit catalog. Those taking part will include Jason T. Busch of the Carnegie Museum, Catherine L. Futter from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and Regina Lee Blaszczyk of the University of Pennsylvania. Further information can be obtained by calling 412-622-3288.

Due to be held from October 13 to February 24, this is a very important exhibit and organizers will have been working with Pittsburgh printing companies to get the word out to the community. There will no doubt be posters hung around town advertising this exhibit and possible inserts in local newspapers.