Alexander Calder

Little Clown, the Trumpeteer
1926–31
From: Calder's Circus

On view
Floor 7

Little Clown, The Trumpeteer is one of the “performers” in Calder’s Circus. He is made of flesh-colored cloth, and decorated with yarn hair and rhinestone button eyes. The clown’s feet, comprised of electrical tape, have a rubber tube that goes into the heels and through the inside of his body, with the open end sticking slightly out of his face. During an act with the Bearded Lady, Alexander Calder could attach a balloon to the open end of the tube. By blowing air through the heel end of the tube, the balloon was inflated during the performance. It could burst at any moment and inject an element of surprise into the proceedings.




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