Meghann McCrory is an artist based in Los Angeles. Her recent body of work explores paradise and utopia as aesthetic vocabularies that reflect and shape our relationship to technology and the landscape. She graduated from Wellesley College in 2001 and earned her MFA from CalArts in 2009.
Documenting Spectacle: An Artist’s Notes on the Shanghai Expo by Meghann McCrory
In June, I visited Expo Shanghai 2010, the largest world’s fair in history. A central part of my artistic practice has focused on ideas of utopia and paradise and their expression in architecture and landscaping. These interests led me to the history of glass architecture, and to world’s fairs as a key line in that genealogy. World’s fairs have always been to some degree about the future, and glass has a long history of symbolizing various utopian tomorrows. From the Crystal Palace to Buckminster Fuller’s biosphere, the fairs have featured colossal displays of mind-bending architecture and breakthrough technological gadgetry in a performance of economic and cultural virility.