April 30, 2011

Off To The Circus!


The Cincinnati Art Museum is currently running a great exhibit, "The Amazing American Circus Poster: The Strobridge Lithographing Company." This exhibit has strong local ties as the Strobridge company was a world known printing concern based in Cincinnati for many years in the 1800's and early 1900's. And of course...it's about the circus!!

My wife and I finally made it to the museum last week to take this exhibit in and to have lunch. (It's one of our favorite past times to go to the museum in the middle of the week to take in the current exhibits and then have lunch. The galleries tend to be empty then...so it's like a private showing!) Now let me tell you, it's one thing to see photos of these posters....it's another to see them up close. They are magnificent!! Not only in their scale...they're huge!....but in the quality of the printing that was possible with lithography. I dabble in relief printing and have done a little screen printing...after seeing this exhibit I want to learn how to do litho! (It looks like a time and equipment...and chemical...intensive endeavor so I'm not sure I  will...)

The exhibit is quite extensive, filling several galleries, and is broken down into themes...like circus parades, "freaks", performers, and of course....elephants! I really enjoyed this part as I had just finished reading Sarah Gruen's book, Water for Elephants. (Thank you Erika for recommending this book in your blog!) After reading this book, you'll not look on an elephant with the same eyes!!

The show runs through July 10, 2011 so if you're in Cincinnati and have a moment do go see it. And maybe you'll be like me and think of Toby Tyler and running off to join the circus!!!

7 comments:

Frances via il*mostro said...

Nice!! i've heard so many great things about the book I'm adding it to my new reading list. As much as I'd love to see the museum exhibit on a weekday i'm afraid I'll have to deal with the crowds as my boyfriend is off on weekends only. Unless i sneak off alone on my own first heehee :)

Erika Lee Sears said...

how next an exhibit about the circus :) i cant wait to see the movie.

Bill said...

This is fantastic. I love circus posters!

Dave said...

@ Frances ~ Don't go by yourself...that's no fun! We have found that on weekends if you get there when they open the place stays empty for a bit. You'll enjoy the book...it's a great read!

@Erika ~ the exhibit was more fun (?) since I had read the book first. From the reviews I've read about the movie, it does sound good but it also sounds like they change it!

@Bill ~ the posters were fantastic...and to be able to get close to them (or as close as they'd let you...) made the experience all the better!

jen said...

my hubby would've loved that exhibit. i mean, i would too, but him especially, being an illustrator/graphic designer. we're hoping to get to the museum in boston for the chihully(sp) glass show. not that's like posters, but it's a museum...you see the connection...

Happy Little Trees Studio said...

I'm so glad you guys got to make it out to the exhibit!!!

Dave said...

@ jen ~ I do see the connection...and seeing his work would be fabulous! The Cincy Art Museum has a number of his pieces on display and they are breathtaking!!

@ Kim ~ me too! I want to go back!!