Malkin Lecture: A Crystal Palace Soiree: Art and Music in London and New York 1851–53

A Crystal Palace Soiree:
Art and Music in London and New York 1851–53

Professor Tim Barringer along with special musical guests will explore one of the wonders of the Victorian age: the Crystal Palace, site of the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London. Visited by six million people, the exhibition was the most spectacular ever mounted with exotic and innovative objects from all over the world. The Unites States was a key exhibitor, sending pioneering machines (such as Cyrus McCormick’s mechanical reaper), manufactured goods, and artworks. Soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon and pianist Ryan McCullough will reconstruct a period-style performance, allowing them to give new life to the many songs, ballads, and piano pieces that celebrated the wonders of the exhibition, some of which have not been performed for more than a century. Professor Barringer will then look at the legacy of the Great Exhibition, including the New York Crystal Palace of 1853 (which took place at 42nd Street and 5th Avenue), and subsequent Expositions and Worlds’ Fairs.

Tim Barringer is the Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art at Yale University. His books include Reading the Pre-Raphaelites (1999; new edition, 2012), Men at Work: Art and Labour in Victorian Britain (2005), and Broken Pastoral: Art and Music in Britain, Gothic Revival to Punk Rock. He co-authored American Sublime, and co-edited Art and the British Empire and Art and Emancipation in Jamaica. Additionally, Barringer is co-curator of Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avante-Garde (Tate, London 2012, Washington, Moscow, and Tokyo 2013) and curator of Pastures Green and Dark, Satanic Mills, an exhibition of landscape painting from the National Museum of Wales, which is touring four U.S. museums till the end of 2016.

Interior view of the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London during the Great Exhibition of 1851



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Tuesday, November 29 at 6:30pm
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