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April 12 lecture to explore modern art, modernism, world's fairs

March 22, 2010 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- Modern art, modernism and world's fairs marched hand in hand, according to a lecturer who will speak Monday, April 12, at Montana State University.

Paul Greenhalgh, director of the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., will give a free public lecture on "Creatures of the Modern Age: Modernity, Modernization and the World's Fairs," at 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre near the corner of Eleventh Avenue and Grant Street on the MSU campus.

Greenhalgh's premise is that the great world fairs and expositions that were staged in Europe and the United States after the mid-19th century couldn't have happened at any other time. In his lecture, Greenhalgh will examine how and why they developed, then relate that to the larger idea of modernity. He will look at the rise of modern art and design in relation to the expo tradition and argue that the two are intrinsically related.

"Conservatively, in the 150 years after the Great Exhibition of 1851, one billion people world-wide visited an expo, making them among the most heavily attended events of any kind in history," Greenhalgh said.

A native of England, Greenhalgh has served as president of Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and head of research at London's Victoria and Albert Museum, the largest museum of fine, decorative art and design in the world. He researches fine and decorative arts.

Greenhalgh's lecture is sponsored by the MSU Humanities Institute, the MSU College of Arts and Architecture, Phi Kappa Phi and EPSCoR.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or