Circus Slide Show

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1970

Charles was always intrigued by the circus and the lessons it could offer.

The idea he and Ray wanted to convey in this slideshow is that the circus is not a freewheeling demonstration of self-expression, but rather a highly-disciplined, carefully-orchestrated amalgam of people, energies, and details.

The Eameses photographed the images and created the narration for Circus over a number of years, but didn’t assemble the slideshow until they decided to discuss the concepts in the first of their six Norton Lectures presented at Harvard University.

The music accompanying the slideshow included “Entry of the Gladiators” by Fucik as well as “Over the Waves” and “Pony Boy” from the circus calliope at the New York World’s Fair Continental Circus.