Friday, May 24 from 5 to 9 p.m. May 24, 2013


We continue to celebrate the exhibition Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939 with a panel discussion on urban planning and world’s fairs, and a film screening on the 1984 Exposition, which was held in New Orleans.

  • 5-8 p.m.: Art activity
  • 5:30-8:30 p.m.: Music by Peter Collins
  • 6-7 p.m.: Panel Discussion: “World’s Fairs as Catalysts for Change: The New Orleans Experience”
  • Following the panel discussion, Film: WYES: A World’s Fair to Remember

About the panel
New Orleans hosted the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition, held 100 years after the city’s previous world’s fair, the 1884 World’s Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition. 84 acres of riverfront property were transformed to create the site, sparking the renovation and revitalization of the Warehouse District. Join us for a lively discussion as panelists reflect on the impact of the fair on the city of New Orleans.

Maurice Cox, Moderator, is the Director of Tulane City Center and Associate Dean for Community Engagement at Tulane School of Architecture. He is co-founder of the national SEED (Social, Economic, Environmental, Design) Network, and served as design director of the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC from 2007-2010. He has received national acclaim for his ability to incorporate active citizen participation into the design process while achieving the highest quality of design excellence, and was named by Fast Company business magazine as one of America’s “20 Masters of Design” for his practice of “democratic design.”

Allen Eskew established Eskew+Dumez+Ripple in 1989 after his professional emergence as the Project Director for the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition. He has earned a national reputation for excellence in architectural planning and design with projects ranging from large public aquariums to educational and research facilities.

Bob Becker, CEO of City Park New Orleans, has nearly 20 years of experience in the parks and recreation industry, including serving as managing director at Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans. Becker also served as the Executive Director for the New Orleans City Planning Commission where he developed the city’s first riverfront plan and led the effort for the 1984 World’s Fair.

Mark Romig, President & CEO of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, served as the World’s Fair director of protocol and guest relations. Romig spent 16 years at Peter A. Mayer Advertising. He is a former chairman of The Idea Village, a nonprofit that nurtures entrepreneurial ventures, and the Allstate Sugar Bowl Committee. Romig also served as co-chairman of the media and public relations committee for the 2013 Super Bowl XLVII Host Committee.

Pres Kabacoff co-founded HRI Properties, based in New Orleans, and serves as Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors & Chief Executive Officer. HRI is a full-service real estate company and a leader in the adaptive reuse of historic structures. Its mission statement is to revitalize cities by creating diverse, vibrant, and sustainable communities.

About Peter Collins
Peter Collins is Professor of Piano and Coordinator of the Keyboard Division at Missouri State University. A native of New Orleans, he began his formal piano studies with Melvin Alford. He received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Peabody Conservatory under the instruction of Lillian Freundlich. After winning awards in several piano competitions he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The University of Michigan as a student of Louis Nagel. He has served on the faculties of the Interlochen Arts Academy, the Missouri Fine Arts Academy and the Bösendorfer International Piano Academy in Vienna.

Peter Collins has performed a wide variety of repertoire ranging from the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven and Mozart to the music of living American composers. At Missouri State University, he originated the Missouri Chamber Players and has toured Europe four times with members of the ensemble in performances of music of American composers. His research and interpretation of nineteenth-century piano music of New Orleans has led to a CD recording (The Music of Basile Barès) on Centaur Records. Collins was recently heard in New Orleans as soloist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Beethoven’s first piano concerto.

The music performed this evening is drawn from the vast repertoire of piano music that was published in New Orleans during the second half of the nineteenth century. The composers were residents of New Orleans and contributed greatly to the musical and social fabric of the city. Through the thriving local publishing industry these pianists produced compositions that commemorated special occasions, honored important individuals and provided music for the city’s many festivities and concerts.

This event is related to the exhibition Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs.