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Urban Acrobatics: A Circus and Graffiti Spectacular

A series of workshops, discussions, and performances around the shared history and aesthetics of circus and graffiti art. All events are free and open to the public.


Wednesday 4 September 2013, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Interrogating Shared Histories: Publicity, Movement, & Spectacle in NYC Circus & Graffiti
Location: NoMAA Gallery178 Bennett Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10040
Panelists: Caitlin Bruce, David Carlyon, Carlos Dominguez Martinez/FEEGZ, TATU XMEN, & Polly Solomon
Reception to follow.

Thursday 5 September, 6–9 p.m.
Introduction to Circus & Graffiti Art
Location: Word-Up!, 2113 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY
Back to Back Artist-to-Artist Workshops: (1) Tagging Workshop led by E67 Fly I.D., Clark Fly I.D., 6-7:20 p.m. (2) Circus Workshop led by Polly Solomon, 7:40–9 p.m.

Friday 6 September, 12:15–5:30 p.m.
Location: Word-Up!, 2113 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY
Youth-focused workshops: (1) Tagging Workshops led by TATU XMEN and GOONS, 12:15-1:45 p.m. (2) Circus Workshop led by Polly Solomon, 2:15-3:45 p.m. (3) Discussion and improvisation time, 4-5:30 p.m.

Saturday 7 September, 12–4 p.m.
Location: Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, New York, NY.
Rain location: Word-Up!, 2113 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY
Preparation for Sunday performance with GOONS, 12-4 p.m.

Sunday 8 September, 3–5 p.m.
Urban Acrobatics Inaugural Performance
Location: Morris-Jumel Mansion65 Jumel Terrace, New York, NY
Come see live painting and circus arts combine! Staged at the front grounds of MJM. Materials will be available for arts and crafts. Preliminary line-up of circus and graffiti artists (more to come): E67 Fly I.D., Clark Fly I.D, GOONS, FEEGZ, Polly Solomon.

This programming is made possible by: Funding from Northwestern University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts, partnerships and the generous donation of space at NoMAA, Word Up! and the Morris Jumel Mansion, and the New York City Parks Department Equipment and sound production by Moose Hall Theater Company/Inwood Shakespeare Festival; paint from Critical Massive. A special thanks to Sandra García-Betancourt, Carol Ward, Catherine Bruce, Ted Minos, Veronica, Gio and our artists and performers, and the volunteers from Word Up.

Please direct any questions to Caitlin Bruce and Polly Solomon at

For more info visit: circusgraffitispectacular.blogspot.com

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