Calder’s Circus

© 2009 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; photograph © Whitney Museum of American Art.

© 2009 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; photograph © Whitney Museum of American Art.

We are working on potty training today. She was looking at The Essential Alexander Calder when she pointed out a spread of his infamous circus. She identified it as a mess. At first I thought that she was talking about his studio, which is a mess. But when I realized that she was talking about Calder’s Circus, I thought that we should watch the videos of Calder performing all of the little characters he made.

I promised her that we would visit some of Calder’s art work at the National Gallery of Art later this afternoon, so I must hop in the shower asap.

Here’s hoping she does not act the lion while I am in the shower. I am all out of saw dust.

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3 Comments

  1. Shannon

    I just saw this in NYC at the Whitney a few weekends ago!

  2. Caroline (Author)

    Is it a full exhibit? We were thinking of taking Lucy this weekend, but she is scared of the Lion. I told her it was very small.

    I remember seeing it a long time ago and it was just a small display in the lobby.

  3. Shannon

    The exhibit was “Real/Surreal.” In a separate (maybe permanent) collection was the circus–one of about five of his pieces. Definitely not scary! 😉

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