Sideshow : Metaphor : Art : Life, (LS)^2 Fall 2018 lecture

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(LS)^2 Fall 2018 lecture: October 31, 2018 10:30a.m. DS119

Free and open to all.  There will be a costume contest at the end of the presentation.

Sideshow : Metaphor : Art : Life

Art is the search for truth and meaning in our lives, whether it be writing, painting, sculpting, acting, dancing, etc. The revelation of human truth and the individuality of the artist echoes the world of the sideshow. The sideshow is a metaphor for art in its determination to be different, unique and individual as well as its constant grind towards a form of artistic perfection, and art is a metaphor for life, in the way it reflects the world around us and reveals the human truth all of us seek. Sideshow : Metaphor : Art : Life examines the the relationship that exists between the sideshow and the creation of art and our search for human truth.

Tony Gangi is the author of Carny Sideshows: Weird Wonders of the Midway (Citadel Press, 2010), a chronicle of his week attending Sideshow School at Coney Island’s famed Sideshows By the Seashore. A former sideshow performer and magician, Professor Gangi is a freelance sculptor, painter, editor and teacher. Having spent over fifteen years in the New York book business (first with Bantam Doubleday Dell and then Barnes & Noble), he offers numerous creative writing classes and workshops through North Shore Community College and Boston Center for Adult Education as well as a full array of critical editorial services for would-be writers. He also loves Halloween.

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