"Circus and the City" at BARD GRADUATE CENTER

As I've always been intrigued by PT Barnum, I find this circus-related show a very tempting exhibit--let's do it on their free night!

Here are some excerpts from their website: "...the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture (BGC) will present Circus and the City: New York,[masked], an exhibition that uses New York City as a lens through which to explore the extraordinary development and spectacular pageantry of the American circus..... By the turn of the twentieth century, New York City was its most important market and the place where cutting-edge circus performances and exhibitions were introduced to the nation....   no figure was more important to the New York’s emerging popular entertainment industry than Phineas Taylor Barnum (1810–1891). Loans from the Barnum Museum illustrate the breadth of his endeavors, from his early years with Barnum’s American Museum to his triumphant entry into the circus business in the early 1870s. Advertising and artifacts from this era demonstrate how the American circus evolved from modest beginnings into the celebrated and massive railroad circuses of the late nineteenth century and reveal the signature role that New York City played in this process....  Overall, Circus and the City promises to be one of the grandest exhibitions about the American circus ever mounted, and it offers a compelling look at how New York City influenced and inspired this iconic form of American popular entertainment." 

I read that there will even be information about the legendary Jumbo, the super-sized elephant!

Admission and How to meet us: While there usually is a fee to get into this gallery, admission is FREE on Thursday nights!  We do also have our own $1 fee to help defray the costs of maintaining this meetup group, payable to the organizer.   As I recall, this is a former townhouse, so meet up inside the building's lobby, out of people's way, at 6pm. Look for my hand-lettered MEETUP sign. If you're late, ask the guard to direct you to "Circus and the City".

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  • Linda

    Thank goodness for YouTube--here's the footage we saw at the exhibit of Tiny Kline, the circus performer who flew over Times Square suspended by her teeth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iq8qeDnnOQ What's even interesting is the actual soundtrack, where you hear her getting arrested!

    January 11, 2013

  • Donna T.

    Fabulous.. Used to love going to the circus. Felt very much like some of those black and white pictures of people gazing up in awe. This was a winner... a history of the evolution of the circus in the city to my delight. A++++++++Linca is a master...at satisfying my interests in researching and guiding me in the culture of the city.

    January 11, 2013

  • Linda

    It might have been wiser to rest my strained leg some more--sure got painful!--but I really enjoyed tonight's Circus and the City event. As I suspected, much of the emphasis was on the human performers, like Tom Thumb and the Flying Wallendas, though the famous Jumbo received due attention. Nice to have met Gaby and Rita for the first time, and to see again Toby, Sylvia, Randy, Lois, and Donna. An added pleasure was a cameo appearance by Evan, a non-Gothamite I met on Bernie's New Year's Day tour--small world!

    January 10, 2013

    • Donna T.

      Did I not know about your leg. your pain was never obvious you are a trooper...now you have to rest..what a great exhibit. I loved it, Linda..So gladI got to move up...What is the name of the performer who flew over the city suspended by her teeth....?

      January 11, 2013

  • Linda

    Edvanir, we're not going to a circus performance, but to a history of the evolution of the circus in America as experienced in New York. For all I know, maybe they will raise your concerns.

    1 · January 4, 2013

    • Edvanir L.

      OK, Linda. But did you read the article I sent to you? It's a good idea to know the reality of these animal in circus. Please, don't get wrong: I'm just an animal-lover. Thank you for answer me.

      January 4, 2013

    • Edvanir L.

      Just one more thing: they're not gonna say the truth about animal in circus.

      January 4, 2013

  • Edvanir L.

    Hi! I joined this group because Linda seems to be an incredible person. However, I felt terrible when I read that you're going to this circus, because animals there have been abused for years! I'm going to send an email to Linda, talking about this, but I invite everyone to take a look at this: "Ringling Slapped With Largest Penalty in Circus History" at this link: http://www.peta.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/2011/11/28/ringling-slapped-with-largest-penalty-in-circus-history.aspx

    Please, these animals can't speak. We can. Thank you.

    January 4, 2013

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