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Carnival enthusiast to highlight sideshow culture

By: Frenche` Brewer,, 803-777-3691

McKissick Museum is set to host a talk about the exhibit "Step Right Up! Sideshows in American Culture" Friday, April 12 at 5:30 p.m., featuring New-York based performer, author and sideshow enthusiast Todd Robbins.

Robbins will also show a screening of "American Carny: True Tales from the Circus Sideshow."

The program will take place in the first floor auditorium.

The sideshow exhibit is up now through May 11, hosting the work of Beaufort artist Rebecca Davenport.

“Step right up! Sideshows in American Culture” places the work of Davenport in the larger context of carnival culture through an exploration of the sideshow as a cultural phenomenon from the 19th century into the 21st century.

Davenport’s carnival series will serve as the anchor for a discussion about the sideshow based on several themes, including the mercurial nature of sideshow culture, the exploration of the concept of “the other” and the folk language of the “carny.”

The exhibit will feature original works by Davenport, such as oil on canvas and some free-standing sideshow objects, in addition to a variety of banners from the heyday of the American sideshow.

 All events are free and open to the public.


Posted: 04/10/13 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 04/10/13 @ 11:21 AM | Permalink



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