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Museum and Menagerie: A Celebration of Circus Past and Present 

When: Thu., Jan. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 2012
Phone: 259-4000
safehaven.org
Back in 2009, there was an exhibit of enormous photographs called Seeing Ourselves at The Frist. Each shot was taken by a member of the homeless community, but the photos were just part of a larger project that benefited Safe Haven, a charity organization for homeless families. The result was one of the most precisely pitched art projects I’ve seen — one that incorporated ideas of place and shelter without straying from a heartfelt, unironic sentiment that’s so hard to get just right. The project’s organizers — photographer Allen Clark and artist Andee Rudloff (who was then The Frist’s community relations manager) — have another event lined up to benefit Safe Haven. Museum and Menagerie: A Celebration of Circus Past and Present will feature relics from the Ringling Bros. Museum, as well as a series of Clark’s photographs of the Ringling Bros. Circus, which offer extraordinary, almost magical glimpses of the people and animals behind the scenes. Consider it a coming-attraction trailer for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ arrival at Bridgestone Arena Jan. 26 — and given the bad press circuses have gotten in recent years, some may even find it preferable.
— Laura Hutson

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