The Greatest Show on Earth: Circus Imagery from the Collection
- May 10, 2014 – Aug 3, 2014
- Gallery 6
Museum purchase with funds from the Weatherspoon Guild Acquisition
This exhibition of works from the collection shows the changing attitudes toward the circus from the early 20th century, when its three rings of entertainment were an essential part of American culture, to today, when its performers and features have a diminished, even nostalgic, status. Many of the images date to the period of World War II and thus serve as ironic reminders of life’s inescapable hardships.
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