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2009 Summer Program

This year, the other Whitney Museum celebrated the ingenious Circus that Alexander Calder constructed in Paris 80 years ago. Calder was an artist who had trained as an engineer. His performers are playful constructions of wire, wood, and scraps assembled with an artist's imagination and an engineer's love for clever mechanisms. Our finale workshops will construct animals and performers inspired by Calder, circus traditions around the world, and your imagination. With a grand performance on August 21. Construct a bear that cycles, dogs that leap through hoops, a horse bareback rider, a lion and trainer, a graceful elephant…all that ride in a colorful circus wagon. Train your constructions to perform understanding that no live animals will be captured, caged, or coerced in this entertainment.

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