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".