In conjunction with Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, listen to an onstage conversation between Rachel Adams—Columbia University Professor of English and American Studies and author of Sideshow U.S.A.: Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination—and Jennifer Miller—Professor of Performance at Pratt Institute, Coney Island Circus Sideshow’s Bearded Lady, and Director of Circus Amok.
After a knife juggling performance, Adams and Miller will introduce the 1932 film Freaks.
Freaks: A circus’ beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of sideshow performers, but his friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance. 1932. USA. 64 min. Not Rated. B&W. Directed by Tod Browning. Starring Angelica Huston, Ron Silver, Lena Olin.
Arrive early between 5 and 6 pm to view the Coney Island exhibition galleries and attend a public reception in Loctite Lobby.
This program is free and open to the public.