Exhibit: To Rescue the Color: Salvaged Renderings of the Rainbow City


This exhibit features more than a half-dozen colorized renderings of the 1901 Pan-American Exposition. The renderings & located in the museum’s state court & reveal an important feature of the exposition that black-and-white photos and film footage never could: the dazzling color scheme at the fair designed by artist and illustrator C.Y. Turner, the director of color for the Pan-Am. Turner created a series of intricate, hand-rendered composite studies of Pan-Am buildings prior to their construction using a carefully orchestrated palette that visually represented the “fierce struggle of man to overcome the elements” and the “triumph and superiority of Western civilization.”

Buffalo History Museum
One Museum Court
Buffalo, NY 14216

May 25, 2022
Recurring weekly on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Wed: 10-8pm, Thurs - Sat: 10-5pm

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