Thursday, December 01, 2011

College of Architecture and Planning Gallery Exhibit

CAP Gallery Exhibit: 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition

Unity & Utopia: The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition is currently on display in the Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning Gallery. The photographic profile features photogravure plates selected from William Henry Jackson’s The White City (as it was) and Jackson’s Famous Pictures of the World’s Fair, published in 1894 and 1895. Both publications are part of the archival collections of the Drawings + Documents Archive.

Augmenting this photographic tour of the fair is a series of HD 3D animations developed by the Urban Simulation Team, School of the Arts and Architecture, UCLA. These images were created from original building, site, and landscape construction documents for the Exposition and present a fascinating and colorful contrast to the detailed black and white photography in the Jackson publications.

A larger copy of a bird’s-eye view map of the Exposition from the GIS Research and Map Collection (GRMC) is featured in the display. This map is part of the GRMC collection of similar maps from the Library of Congress’ American Memory Collection of cities and towns.

The exhibit is a joint project of the University Libraries’ Drawing + Documents Archive and the CAP Exhibits Program. It continues through Wednesday, December 7. The CAP gallery is located in Architecture Building room 121 and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 4:30.

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