Both the 1939-40 and 1964-65 World's Fairs will get the spotlight they deserve at an upcoming Godwin-Ternbach Museum exhibit. The exhibit will focus specifically on the architecture at both of the Fairs, which the Queens College museum says often goes ignored. When it hasn't been ignored, it's often gotten panned—at the 1960s Fair, for example, much of it was called "garish architectural gimmickry," with "bright colors, odd shapes, and novel materials." But who could ever hate on those lampposts?
Many believed it was an issue to not have a theme, but a lot of styles coming together from all over—"a cacophony of architectural styles and forms, mixing modernism and popular culture, rather than the unified style that many critics expected of a world's fair." (PDF)
This exhibit will feature 100 rarely seen photos "drawn from local, national and even international archives." It will be on view from June 29th through July 27th. In the meantime, here's a look at the 1939-40 World's Fair being built.