HEYDAY: Frederick W. Glasier’s American Circus is a wonderful insight into circus life in the late 19th to early 20th centuries. The pictures are fascinating, the people are amazing, and the prints are gorgeous. Glasier’s ability to capture a lost era makes this show a real winner.
from the UBS website:
“At the turn of the 20th century in America, the circus was an unmatched social spectacle. Large circus companies were like mobile cities, requiring an enormous staff to install and break down operations every few days. At their peak, circus companies toured more than 150 cities and towns each year, playing to more than two million people over a seven month season. HEYDAY will highlight the rediscovered work of Frederick W. Glasier, who photographed the circus and served as the official photographer for the Barnum & Bailey Circus on-and-off for three decades. Glasier’s unrestricted access to both grand performances and backstage life allowed him to explore the public and private personalities of some of the greatest entertainers of the era.”
The UBS Art Gallery is located in the UBS Building at 1285 Avenue of the Americas (between 51st and 52nd Streets) in New York City. The Gallery is on the ground floor of the building and exhibition hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Admission is free.