Image: “Ringling Bros-Barnum & Bailey / Europe’s Latest Sensation The Wallendas” ca. 1928. Color lithograph poster Erie Lithograph & Printing Company, Erie, Penn. 42 × 28 in. (106.7 × 71.2 cm) Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont, Gift of Harry T. Peters Sr. Family, 1959, 1959-67.194
On View in the Gallery
Circus and the City: New York, 1793–2010
Lecture: The Circus In America
Thursday, November 1 @ 6pm
BGC, 38 West 86th Street
At the turn of the 19th century there were more than 3,000 circuses traveling around the United States. The development of the tent and use of the railroads, the introduction and refinement of advertising, the circus parades, the use of elephants as attractions, and the side show are some of the themes that contributed to the distinctive American quality of the circus. Susan Weber will explore how the European circus was transformed in America into an immense multimedia phenomenon that was eventually billed as the “The Greatest Show On Earth.”
Susan Weber is founder and director of the Bard Graduate Center.
$15 seniors and students
Register online, e-mail email@example.com, or call 212-501-3011.