Cultural Change and Shifting Views of America

Cultural Change and Shifting Views of America
Kelly Hodges
November 23, 2015
Susan Friedman

Cultural Change and Shifting Views of America
The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893, also known as the World’s Columbian Exposition, was an incredible showing of architecture, sculptures, and elaborate fountains. The fair was divided into two sections. In one section, the magnificent “White City” which consisted of neoclassical architecture. Within the beautiful structures of the White City were hundreds of artistic and industrial exhibits (Doss, 2002). The second section of the fair was called the “Midway Plaisance” which was a mile long strip of honky-tonk entertainment, shops, and cultural displays (Doss, 2002). Although the esthetic appeal was overwhelming, the true meaning, the image of America was communicated loud and clear and will be presented in this paper. The art produced by the Ashcan artists depicted their own view, different from that of the Gilded Age, so a look into what changes in culture the artists were reacting is also discussed. Lastly, the relationship between art and American culture is explored.
The image of America communicated by the innovations and buildings presented at the 1893 Chicago’s World Fair was that of an America showing progression in industry, cultural appreciation, national unity, confidence, social, political, and economic power (Doss, 2002).   The Republic,1893
The statue above was Daniel Chester French’s original statue built for the Exposition. It was constructed in 1893 and it stood in front of the Court of Honor, inside the Great Basin.  
The original Ferris Wheel, built by George Ferris
George Tilyou and his wife went to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and George saw the Ferris Wheel built by George Ferris. He wanted to...