Exhibition | Deconstructing Power: W. E. B. Du Bois at the 1900 World’s Fair
Deconstructing Power: W. E. B. Du Bois at the 1900 World’s Fair is on view at Cooper Hewitt from December 9, 2022 through May 29, 2023.
This exhibition highlights the groundbreaking series of data visualizations W. E. B. Du Bois and his students at Atlanta University made for the 1900 Paris World’s Fair. For the first time, it will bring them into dialogue with the manufacturers and decorative arts also on display, calling attention to how the progressive image of the fair was inequitable, and concealed the power mechanisms of nationalism and imperialism that drove this spectacle of progress.