Yale School of Art "Side Show" Slideshow

Chris DAZE Ellis, "Coney Island Freak Show Museum, to have and have not," 1996, oil on linen, 65 x 84 in., Courtesy Web Gallery NYC, NY. Photo: Adam Reich.
James G. Mundie, "Olympia (Betty Lou Williams)," 1999, ink drawing on paper, 7.25 x 8 in., Courtesy of the artist. Photo: James G. Mundie.
David Carbone, "A Contortionist in Red," 2000, oil on canvas, 66 x 52 in., Courtesy of the artist. Photo: David Carbone.
Jane Dickson, “Freaks and Mutants 2,” 2013, oil on linen, 20 x 36 in., Collection of the artist.
Roger Brown, "Can’t Never Could / The Courage To Face The Trials And Bring A Whole New Body Of Possibilities...," 1991, oil on canvas, 48 x 72 in., Roger Brown Study Collection, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. © SAIC and the Brown Family. Photo: William Bengston.
Pamela Joseph, Selected works from "The Hundred Headless Women Cutting Board Wall," 2001–2013, pyrography on wood, 91 x 96 in., Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Pamela Joseph
Marie A. Roberts, "Serpentina," 2001, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 60 in., Marie A. Roberts, Coney Island USA.
Riva Lehrer, "Mat Fraser," 2014, charcoal on Stonehenge paper, 28 x 36 in., Courtesy of the artist.
Arnold Mesches, "It’s a Circus 3," 2004, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 80 in., Courtesy of the artist.
Joe Coleman, “’Miracles for Sale’ (Tod Browning),” 1994, acrylic on panel, 22 x 28 in., D.B. Denholtz Collection
Johnny Meah, “Them,” 2010, acrylic on canvas, 59 x 59 in., The Art Guys.
From the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library: Unknown artist (French), “Rosalie Fournier, née à Marseille, le 12 9bre, 1813,” ca. 1830, lithograph, 33 x 23.4 cm.; John Kay, “Mr. O’Brien, the Irish Giant,” 1803, etching, hand colored, 24.5 34.5 cm.
Robert Cruikshank, "The Living Skeleton," 1825, etching, hand colored, 24.5 x 34.5 cm (plate), Cushing/ Whitney Medical Library, Yale University.
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The Yale School of Art exhibition “Side Show” is devoted to the “believe it or not” world of the American sideshow, in which display of the abnormal and bizarre was the focus of the event. On view through Mar. 20 at the 32 Edgewood Avenue Gallery, the exhibition is free and open to the public Tuesdays–Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. “Side Show” presents more than 50 works by 29 artists — including Diane Arbus, Otto Dix, John Waters, and Riva Lehrer — ranging from the mid-18th century to the present. The show includes original sideshow banners, props, promotional cards, photographs, historical ephemera, and works of art inspired by circus and carnival culture. A complementary exhibition, “Teratology: The Science and History of Human Monstrosity,” opens at Yale’s Cushing Medical Library on Jan. 22. Located at 333 Cedar St., the library’s installation is on view through May 15 and includes books, prints, and broadsides. Both exhibitions are free and open to the public.
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