Friday, October 26, 2012

Bard Graduate Center in NY

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.

$20 general

$15 seniors and students

Register online, e-mail, or call 212-501-3011.


Dick Flint said...

I think there must be an extra zero added by mistake to the number of circuses on tour for any one year during the era referenced!
Dick Flint

Bob Cline said...

I believe you are right Dick. I simply copied and pasted their News release and didn't even pay attention to it.