Circus! Art and Science Under the Big Top Exhibition Programs and Events

Marc Chagall (1887-1985)
Le Cirque, M. 512, 1962
Lithograph, 16 13/16 x 12 13/16 in.
From the private collection of Dr. and Mrs. Bryan and Lindy Lieberman © 2010 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Erie Lithograph
Sells Floto: World’s Greatest Equestrienne
Ink on paper, 28 x 41 ¾ in. TR2004.2722.865
From the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Tibbals Digital Collection

Henri Matisse (1869-1954)
L’avaleur de sabres/The Sword Swallower, 1947
Pochoir.
Mr. and Mrs. Cameron Mackey, New Canaan, CT © 2010 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Image from the illustrated book “Jazz” by Henri Matisse, 1947

Art History Lecture Series
Mondays, Oct. 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, at 10 a.m.

This series of four lectures focuses on art historical periods including Post-Impressionism, early Modernism, American Modernity, and Modern and Contemporary Photography, represented by artists such as Henri Matisse, James Tissot, Toulouse-Lautrec, Marc Chagall, Alexander Calder, Everett Shinn, John Steuart Curry, and Diane Arbus, whose works are on view in the exhibition Circus! Art and Science under the Big Top. Lectures begin promptly at 10 a.m. Series price for all 4 lectures for Bruce Museum members only: $15. Single lectures: members $5, non-members $7.  Advance reservations and payment are strongly recommended. Send check or credit card # with expiration date to: Art History Lectures, Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT 06830. Please include your name and phone number.

Oct. 11. Daring Acts: Art, Spectacle, and the Cult of the Circus in the Fin de Siecle. Larissa Bailiff, freelance art historian and lecturer, Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Oct. 18. From Affiche to Modern Lithograph: The Theme of the Circus in Early 20th-Century Art. Jennifer Katanic, Freelance art historian and lecturer, Museum of Modern Art, New York

Oct. 25. A High Wire Act: The Ashcan School, Entertainment, and the Grand Spectacle. Dr. Valerie A. Leeds, Adjunct Curator of American Art, Flint Institute of Arts, Michigan

Nov. 1. Performance and Spectacle in the Modern Photograph. Dr. Richard Turnbull, Chair, History of Art Department, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

 

Evening Lectures: Under the Big Top
Thursdays, Oct. 14, 28, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m.

The Museum will host a series of three evening lectures presented by scholars, historians and authors. Members series price: all three lectures $20 for members only . Single lectures: $8 members, $10 non-members. Due to the overwhelming popularity of these lectures, advance reservations and payment are strongly recommended. Send check or credit card # with expiration date to: Art Circus Lectures, Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT 06830. Please include your name and phone number.

Oct. 14. War on the Home Front: Shelburne Museum's Colchester Posters by Kory Rogers, Associate Curator, Shelburne Museum and curator of Circus Day in America at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont.

Oct. 28. P.T. Barnum by Philip Kunhardt, Distinguished Scholar in Residence in the Humanities at New York University and author of P.T. Barnum: America’s Greatest Showman.

Nov. 18. The Photography of Frederick W. Glasier and the Ringling Circus by Peter Kayafas, Director of Eakins Press Foundation and co-curator of HEYDAY: The Photographs of Frederick W. Glasier at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida.

Due to the overwhelming popularity of Museum lectures, please be considerate and contact the Museum to cancel your reservation if you cannot attend, so that other patrons may be accommodated.

 

Bruce Museum Family Benefit
Circus! Family and Fun under the Big Top

Sunday, October 17, 3 -6 p.m.

The Bruce Museum is open on October 17 exclusively for this family-focused benefit event, which takes place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Big Apple Circus will provide a unique array of entertainment along with educational activities for children -- all in celebration of the exhibition Circus! Art and Science Under the Big Top.

Come one, come all to enjoy circus treats and fun! In addition to being a fun and activity-filled afternoon, the event will provide crucial support for the daily operations of the Museum and funds for special exhibitions and educational programs.

Individual tickets to the event are $75 per adult and $25 per child (children under 3 are free). Patron level tickets which include special benefits will be available for $250, $500, and $1,000. For more information, contact Special Events Manager Jen Bernstein at jbernstein@brucemuseum.org or call 203-413-6761.

 

Family Programs

Sun., Nov. 14, 3 p.m. Lecture: The Art and Science of Sword Swallowing. Dan Meyer, President/Chief Executive Director of the Sword Swallowers Association International, presents a talk exploring the techniques and anatomy of the practice of sword swallowing! Lecture is free with Museum admission. Reservations are recommended; call the Museum at 203-869-0376.

Sun., Nov. 21, 1-4 p.m. Circus Family Day. Fun, educational activities for the entire family include a special gallery hunt through the exhibition and hands-on crafts in the workshop. At 1:30 p.m. and again at 3:30 p.m., Super Scientific Circus with Lisa Lou presents Super Circus Stuff!, an entertainment extravaganza featuring classic circus routines such as juggling, balancing, plate spinning, wire walking, bubbles and more! All activities are suitable for children ages 5 years and up. Free with Museum admission.

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