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Open Studio From Home:
Alexander Calder

SAT, June 12, 2021
11 am–12 pm

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 began creating Calder's Circus in 1926 after seeing a real circus performance. Using everyday materials, he built his own miniature one equipped with dozens of performer figurines. Calder carried his circus in suitcases and performed it for his friends in Europe and America.  

Together, we will gather unique materials from around our homes. Then, we will build our own miniature circus performers! 


  • Scraps of paper and cardboard 
  • Materials from your recycling bin, like bottle caps and plastic containers
  • Wire
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Tape
  • Rubber bands

This event will have automated closed captions through Zoom. Live captioning is available for public programs and events upon request with seven business days advance notice. We will make every effort to provide accommodation for requests made outside of that window of time. To place a request, please contact us at or (646) 666-5574 (voice). Relay and voice calls welcome.

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All visitors aged 12 and older must show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for admission to the Whitney, in accordance with NYC requirements. Visitors aged 18 and older will also be asked to show photo ID. Face coverings are required for all visitors. Learn more about the Whitney’s safety guidelines.