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P.T. Barnum said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” He used this ideology to his advantage, building the circus concept out of sideshow hucksters, strongmen, and bearded ladies. High-wire artists, clowns, contortionists, and fire breathers are staples of circus life. It’s that life that is the focus of Bertil Nilsson’s...
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P.T. Barnum said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” He used this ideology to his advantage, building the circus concept out of sideshow hucksters, strongmen, and bearded ladies. High-wire artists, clowns, contortionists, and fire breathers are staples of circus life. It’s that life that is the focus of Bertil Nilsson’s exhibit, “Still Moving: Imagining the Circus in a New Way.” Nilsson carries viewers behind the scenes of present day circuses — traditional and modern — offering a lens into a mysterious and insular world. Suckers? Not here. These sometimes surprising stills enlighten us to the dedication and expertise the circus now requires.

Go inside the circus from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 2, at Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, One East Main Street. Admission is free. Visit www.mesaartscenter.com or call 480-644-6500.


Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Second Friday of every month, 5-9 p.m.; Sundays, 12-5 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Starts: Sept. 12. Continues through Dec. 7, 2014
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