Chicago Humanities Festival

In 2010, the British art historian unveiled the most ambitious and inspired approach to global cultural history in, perhaps, ever. His A History of the World in 100 Objects is exactly that – an attempt to tell the human story using our physical creations. Drawing a material arc of human experience, MacGregor’s pieces range from the most basic stone tools to solar-powered lamps and include such objects as Egyptian mummies and Russian icons, Mughal miniatures and Benin plaques. It’s a brilliantly novel approach that allows MacGregor to chart ruptures and continuities in an unprecedented manner. Even more importantly, it locates our common humanity in a universally shared trait of object making

via Chicago Humanities Festival.

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