Saint Louis, MO 63108
In 2012, the Sheldon Art Galleries partnered with Circus Flora to sponsor an art contest and exhibition of children's art inspired by the circus. Children who attended Circus Flora were encouraged to express their love of the circus's high wire and horseback acts, the St. Louis Arches and Nino the Clown, among others. Included in the exhibition are a festive 3-D carousel and clown portraits made by Junior and Senior Kindergarten students of The Wilson School, and evocations of acts from inside the big top by students of Central Visual and Performing Arts High School, Studio W., The Wilson School, and young people who attended Circus Flora last summer. Drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media works are included in the exhibition. Also on view is the 1927 film, Calder's Circus, directed by Jean Painlévé. Alexander Calder became fascinated with the circus in his mid-twenties, when he published illustrations of Barnum and Bailey's circus in a New York journal. He created a miniature, articulated working circus in Paris in 1927, which the filmmaker, Jean Painlévé, documented in this film.