Who doesn’t love a good amusement park? I know I do and try to visit at least one every summer. Although I’ve never had the pleasure of making it out to Coney Island, a new exhibit and sale of Coney Island memorabilia sounds like it might paint a pretty good picture of what I may have seen back in its heyday.
The exhibition, “Sideshow,” chronicles roughly the first 50 years of Coney Island– whose first enclosed amusement park area opened in 1895 – with additional pieces from other early 20th-century carnivals and circuses. The collection includes not only original architectural drawings and blueprints of the rides and structures but also an assemblage of circus photos of performers known collectively as “the Congress of Freaks” by Edward J. Kelty. The exhibit even features circus posters, vending machines, games and carnival knockdown figures. How much fun is that!
A unique collection that paints not just a picture of summer time fun, but also brings us back to another era, “Sideshow” sounds like a must see exhibit that would be totally appreciated by fans of the circus, carnivals, boardwalk, or amusement parks.
If you can’t make it to New York to see the exhibit, check out the Ross Art Group Gallery website to see the show catalog. There is lots of cool stuff!
Sideshow featuring the collection of Dr. Robert M. Lerch runs May 2-25 at the Ross Art Group gallery, 532 Madison Ave., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10022.