News Release: Major Exhibition “Visions of the Circus” runs Aug 24–Oct 12

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July 19, 2017

Contact: Cheryl Knauer
410-857-2294
cknauer@mcdaniel.edu

 

MAJOR EXHIBITION AT McDANIEL COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS THE CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE CIRCUS

Visions of the Circus features vintage black-and-white and color photographs, circus posters, original sideshow banners, circus performer costumes and sideshow collectibles, as well as illustrations by American sculptor Alexander Calder 

The exhibition runs Thursday, Aug. 24–Thursday, Oct. 12, in McDaniel’s Rice Gallery, with an opening reception on Thursday, Aug. 31, 5:30–7:30 p.m.

In conjunction with the exhibition, “American Sideshow” author Marc Hartzman speaks on “The Allure of the Circus Sideshow: A Brief History” on Monday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m., in McDaniel Lounge


Curated by Robert Lemieux, associate professor of communication and cinema at McDaniel, and designed by graduate students at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University, with professional assistance from the National Gallery of Art 

WESTMINSTER, Md. – McDaniel College hosts “Visions of the Circus,” a major exhibition highlighting the cultural and historical significance of the circus during the early 20th century. Free and open to the public, the exhibition runs Thursday, Aug. 24–Thursday, Oct. 12, in McDaniel’s Rice Gallery, Peterson Hall, 2 College Hill, Westminster, Md. An opening reception takes place Thursday, Aug. 31, 5:30–7:30 p.m., with a gallery talk at 6 p.m. 

“Visions of the Circus” examines such themes as the mesmerized public; the rise of the big top; life behind-the-scenes; aerial, animal, clown and one-of-a-kind acts; and sideshow performers; as well as how the circus is depicted in art. 

Vintage black-and-white and color photographs, circus posters, original sideshow banners, circus performer costumes and sideshow collectibles are on display in addition to illustrations by American sculptor Alexander Calder. Materials are on loan from The Ringling, Whitney Museum of American Art, Circus World and Illinois State University.

Robert Lemieux, associate professor of communication and cinema at McDaniel, is curator for this premiere exhibition. He worked on the design with graduate students at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., who were enrolled in exhibit design courses in Spring 2016 and Spring 2017, and received professional assistance from the National Gallery of Art. This is the third collaboration between Lemieux and the Corcoran on an exhibition at McDaniel [the other exhibitions were “Kings of the Pages: Comic Strips & Culture 1895–1950” in Fall 2011 and “Beyond Words: The Artistry of Illustrated Children’s Books” in Spring 2014].

“The inspiration for the circus stems from my interest in storytelling,” Lemieux said. “With its history and wide variety of characters, the circus has an unlimited number of stories. Our intent with the exhibit is to highlight both the stories and the cultural impact of this once great entertainment form.” 

Also in conjunction with the exhibition, “American Sideshow” author Marc Hartzman speaks on “The Allure of the Circus Sideshow: A Brief History” on Monday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m., in McDaniel Lounge at McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster, Md. The event is free and open to the public. *See Editor’s Note below. 

Rice Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., and Saturday, noon–5 p.m. For more information, call 410-857-2595. 

“Visions of the Circus” is made possible with support from Donald and Patricia Lavin, the Carroll County Arts Council and the Department of Communication and Cinema at McDaniel College.

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Editor’s Notes:  Installation of the exhibition begins Monday, August 21, in Rice Gallery. Media interviews and tours of the exhibition can be arranged by contacting Cheryl Knauer, director of media relations, at cknauer@mcdaniel.edu or 410-857-2294. 

*Interviews with Marc Hartzman, author of “American Sideshow,” can be arranged in advance and on the day of his Monday, Oct. 2, lecture at McDaniel College by contacting Cheryl Knauer, director of media relations, at cknauer@mcdaniel.edu or 410-857-2294. 

Photos/Images:  Select high-res jpeg images of works in the exhibition are available for download (under McLive Fall 2017).

Additional information:  Requests for interpreters are welcome and can be made up to one week prior to the event by contacting interpretingservices@mcdaniel.edu. Other accommodation requests can be directed to Conference Services at 410-857-2212.
 

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