Herma Nootics, the Clown: An Idiosyncratic History of Circus Clowning

Jan 10, 2013, 6:00PM to 8:00PM

Location 38 West 86th Street
New York, NY
Cost $20, $15

Circus lives in physical truth, theater in emotional truth. Ideally a circus clown combines both. However, a clown’s work is habitually obscured in cultural cliché and sentimental images. In this lecture, David Carlyon will discuss once-famous clowns, including Dan Rice, Emmett Kelly, and Otto Griebling, as he explores the reciprocal relationships between clowns and their culture.

David Carlyon is a historian who was a Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus clown. He serves on the New York Council for the Humanities Speakers Bureau and wrote Dan Rice: The Most Famous Man You’ve Never Heard Of.
Venue Bard Graduate Center
Website http://www.bgc.bard.edu/gallery/gallery-programs-l
RSVP programs@bgc.bard.edu

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