Clown Lecture: Herman Ootics, the Clown: An Idiosyncratic History of Circus Clowning (NY)
This lecture is produced in conjunction with a great circus exhibition that is happening at Bard College. Â The exhibit is called Circus and the City: New York 1793-2010. The exhibit runs through February 3..
The lecture itself is given by Clownlink reader and friend, David Carylon, a former Ringling clown, a PHD in theatre/circus history, and the author of THE book about Dan Rice (the original Uncle Sam). Dan Rice: The Most Famous Man You’ve Never Heard Of
The exhibit also has a catalog (pictured left) filled with photos, paintings, and lots of great essays: (Buy the book on Amazon)Â There will be another lecture on January 17 with the instigator of this project, Susan Weber, who is also the founder and director of the Bard Graduate Center, and the editor of the book )
Find out more about the exhibit:Â http://www.bgc.bard.edu/gallery/gallery-at-bgc/main-gallery.html
Herman Ootics, the Clown: An Idiosyncratic History of Circus Clowning
Date:Â Thursday, January 10, 2013Â
Time:Â 6:00 pm â€“ 8:00 pm
Place:Â 38 West 86th Street
COSTÂ $20.00Â Adult ,Â $15.00Â Students and Seniors
MORE INFO: 212.501.3011,Â [email protected]
reference to hermeneutics in this program title is itself no whimsy. Instead, it introduces a challenge to cozy
cultural narratives about â€œthe clown.â€ The various and intrinsically related clichÃ©sâ€”clown as kiddy favorite, sad clown, happy clown, scary clown, and that academic pet, the tricksterâ€”have little to do with the work of a
comedic performer. In this lecture, David Carlyon will dig into those faith-based clichÃ©s to examine how clown and culture influence each other.
David CarlyonÂ was a Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus clown, after the Army and Berkeley Law School and before acting in New York and acquiring a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He has published scholarly work on performance, 19th-century culture and politics, and Shakespeare. He wrote the award-winningÂ Dan Rice: The Most Famous Man Youâ€™veÂ Never Heard Of, and is on the Speakers Bureau of the New York Council for the Humanities. Â Find out more atÂ http://www.davidcarlyon.net/