Paris 1937: Worlds on Exhibition by James D. HerbertParis 1937: Worlds on Exhibition by James D. Herbert

Paris 1937: Worlds on Exhibition

byJames D. Herbert

Hardcover | April 1, 1998

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This elegant and theoretically informed book, illustrated with forty-five photographs, explores the cultural significance of six exhibitions or new museum installations, all opening in Paris between mid-1937 and early 1938: the commercially oriented world's fair titled L'Exposition Internationale des Art et Techniques; the historical Musée des Monuments Français; the ethnographic Musée de l'Homme; two massive art retrospectives, one sponsored by the state of France and the other by the municipality of Paris; and L'Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme.James D. Herbert capitalizes on the proximity of these disparate exhibits to show how they competed with and yet also complemented one another in visually rendering the full scope of human accomplishment through time and across the globe. In this task, Herbert argues, they both succeeded and failed in interesting and productive ways. He asserts that the exhibitions projected and, in a sense, created (created precisely through the act of projection) the real world that they ostensibly only represented.In fact, Herbert argues, the exhibitions developed a particular sense of French national identity?one that, in managing to be at the same moment both inwardly focused and beneficently expansive, would present a vivid contrast to the growing German nationalism of the Third Reich. His epilogue takes a final look at these issues from the perspective of Jean Cocteau's 1950 film Orphée. A ground-breaking work in cultural history, Paris 1937, with its insightful examination of objects from a variety of fields, is a pioneering text in the field of visual studies.

James D. Herbert is Professor and Chair, Department of Art History, University of California, Irvine. He is the author of Fauve Painting: The Making of Cultural Politics.
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Title:Paris 1937: Worlds on ExhibitionFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:224 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.81 inShipping dimensions:10 × 7 × 0.81 inPublished:April 1, 1998Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0801434947

ISBN - 13:9780801434945

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This elegant and theoretically informed book, illustrated with forty-five photographs, explores the cultural significance of six exhibitions or new museum installations, all opening in Paris between mid-1937 and early 1938: the commercially oriented world's fair titled L'Exposition Internationale des Art et Techniques; the historical Musée des Monuments Français; the ethnographic Musée de l'Homme; two massive art retrospectives, one sponsored by the state of France and the other by the municipality of Paris; and L'Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme.James D. Herbert capitalizes on the proximity of these disparate exhibits to show how they competed with and yet also complemented one another in visually rendering the full scope of human accomplishment through time and across the globe. In this task, Herbert argues, they both succeeded and failed in interesting and productive ways. He asserts that the exhibitions projected and, in a sense, created (created precisely through the act of projection) the real world that they ostensibly only represented.In fact, Herbert argues, the exhibitions developed a particular sense of French national identity?one that, in managing to be at the same moment both inwardly focused and beneficently expansive, would present a vivid contrast to the growing German nationalism of the Third Reich. His epilogue takes a final look at these issues from the perspective of Jean Cocteau's 1950 film Orphée. A ground-breaking work in cultural history, Paris 1937, with its insightful examination of objects from a variety of fields, is a pioneering text in the field of visual studies."Paris 1937 is a cultural history focused on a particular space in Paris at the end of the 1930s in which fine art and the spectacle of culture were mobilized to do a certain kind of job. Herbert has an almost insatiable appetite for research. He is a historian who has found a way to put theory to use in a manner that is fully integrated with the text. His approach opens up avenues of engagement with new problems and issues in art and cultural history." - Fred Orton, University of Leeds