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Halloween Circus Costumes Inspired by Alexander Calder

Sat, Oct 31, 2020
11–11:40 am

Online, via Zoom

Families with kids of all ages

You are invited to Open Studio From Home, free weekly online art classes with Whitney educators! Participants will experiment, create, and learn together with at-home art materials.   

Alexander Calder created Calder’s Circus in Paris beginning in 1926, after weeks of illustrating real circus performances back in the U.S. Using everyday materials, he built his own miniature multi-act artwork, equipped with dozens of performer figurines. Calder carried his circus in suitcases and performed it for friends as well as the cultural avant-garde in Europe and the U.S. 

Let’s join the circus! Together we will learn about Calder’s Circus and create our own fabulous character costumes, just in time for Halloween.


  • Plastic headband
  • Fabric or old clothes
  • Big pieces of paper or cardboard
  • Aluminium foil
  • Tape
  • Sharpies
  • Any fun dress-up materials or props
  • Optional: glue gun

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