New York exhibit captures historical life of circus
Public life, we are told, increasingly resembles a circus. The same is certainly true of the art world. What could be more apposite, then, than a show about the circus and its place in the life of this country’s biggest metropolis? “Circus and the City: New York, 1793-2010” at the Bard Graduate Center tells the story of Jumbo, Tom Thumb, Jim Crow, and a slew of circus performers and entrepreneurs who were household names in their day.