Synopses & Reviews
"Pulls together the most important strands of cultural politics at a key turning point in American history in ways that no other book quite accomplishes and no reader will ever forget.and#8221;and#151;T. J. Boisseau, coeditor of Gendering the Fair: Histories of Women and Gender at Worldand#8217;s Fairs
and#147;Empire on Display shows that public events like the 1915 international exposition in San Francisco put on display not just the latest material products of modern technology and industry but also their conceptual underpinningsand#151;meanings implicit and explicit that shaped the staged events and projected themselves into the public realm. Impressively researched and lucidly argued, Empire on Display helps us see the high importance of public display in establishing the terms of American hegemony in the opening years of the twentieth century.and#8221;and#151;Alan Trachtenberg author of Shades of Hiawatha: Staging Indians, Making Americans, 1880and#150;1930
The worldandrsquo;s fair of 1915 celebrated both the completion of the Panama Canal and the rebuilding of San Francisco following the devastating 1906 earthquake and fire. The exposition spotlighted the canal and the city as gateways to the Pacific, where the American empire could now expand after its victory in the Spanish-American War. Empire on Display is the first book to examine the Panama-Pacific International Exposition through the lenses of art history and cultural studies, focusing on the eventandrsquo;s expansionist and masculinist symbolism.
About the Author
Sarah J. Moore is Professor of Art History at the University of Arizona, Tucson, and author of John White Alexander and the Search for National Identity: Cosmopolitan American Art, 1880andndash;1915.