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Huck Snyder, Circus

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From Pablo Picasso’s striking, painted decor for Parade to Alexander Calder’s toylike sculpture circus, the Big Top has been raided by visual artists in this century for colorful, “low” subject matter on which to exercise “high” art techniques, with a perfunctory nod to the circus-as-a-metaphor-for-life conceit to provide an implicit philosophical rationale. In Circus, visual artist Huck Snyder and a squad of collaborators created a performance-art revue on circus themes, based on an ’80s club/cabaret sensibility of multiplying ideas and modes of performance that are thoroughly compatible with the concept of fun. This Circus was a collage of late-night club numbers thrown together under the loose category of a pseudo-tent show. And although the performers always played for laughs, the stance behind much ’80s club entertainment—loving parody—showed in their detailed mimicry of the real

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