American Studies
American Studies

Janet Davis to Deliver Keynote Address at Circus Symposium

Thu, October 11, 2012

Associate Professor Janet Davis will deliver the keynote address at the Bard Graduate Center Symposium: Circus and the City: New York, 1793-2010
Monday, October 15 from 1:30-4:00 pm 

This half-day symposium is being held in conjunction with the Circus and the City exhibition at the Bard Graduate Center.  The exhibition is made possible, in part, with support from the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts and anonymous donors.  The symposium focuses on the animals and performers that made the circus into such a spectacular and iconic form of entertainment in the United States. Brett Mizelle, “Contesting the Circus in American History: Animal Exhibitions and the Emergence of Animal Welfare,” historicizes debates over the legitimacy of the circus and charts the evolving relationship between the American public and animals over the course of the nineteenth century. Janet M. Davis, “Circus Queen in New York City: Flight, Spectacle, and the Fantastical Life of Tiny Kline,” uses the varied career of performer Tiny Kline to explore the world of popular amusements in the city during the early decades of the twentieth century. The symposium showcases the rich history and cultural legacy of the circus in New York City, and the two speakers will be joined by exhibition curator Matthew Wittmann, who will provide commentary.

Read the New York Times Article about the exhibition.

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