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Disposing of ModernityThe Archaeology of Garbage and Consumerism during Chicago's 1893 World's Fair$
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Rebecca S. Graff

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813066493

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813066493.001.0001

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Temporalities as Ideologies

Temporalities as Ideologies

(p.54) 3 Temporalities as Ideologies
Disposing of Modernity

Rebecca S. Graff

University Press of Florida

This chapter focuses on temporalities at both sites. First, it looks at the six-month lifespan and subsequent material erasure of the World’s Columbian Exposition, and how its ephemerality provided transformative potential. This is followed by discussion of the fair’s architecture and exhibits from the imagined past, present, and future, and how tourists consumed them and their ideological messages as an unproblematic totality. The archaeological research likewise centered upon Fair temporalities: monumental ephemerality (the fair’s enormous structures made of temporary building materials) and infrastructural permanence (systems of sewerage, water, gas, and electricity). The chapter then turns to the Charnley House, designed by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright as an aesthetically modern home, whose façade looked “out of time” with the rest of the domestic architecture of the city. Finally, an 1890s alarm clock from the Charnley midden reinforces and makes materially possible the keeping of modern, industrial time.

Keywords:   temporalities, time, ideology, ephemeral, infrastructural, clock, World’s Columbian Exposition, Charnley House, Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright

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