Calder: A Circus of Creativity

Sculptures were among an array of Alexander Calder’s works of art on display in the 1996 exhibit Calder: A Circus of Creativity.

The first major art exhibit hosted by a children’s museum, Calder: A Circus of Creativity opened on May 18, 1996. The 20,000-square-foot interactive exhibition featured 100 works by internationally renowned artist Alexander Calder, including mobiles, wire sculptures, paintings, and other works on loan from the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Calder’s relatives, and private collectors. Also included in the exhibit was an area where visitors could create their own artwork using a variety of recycled materials and another where they could construct mobiles and circus figures using some of the materials Calder worked with. The exhibit was open through Jan. 5, 1997.