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Catch Calder's Circus at the Whitney Museum of American Art starting Friday, December 9

The Whitney Museum of American Art is giving an early holiday gift to its visitors: Calder's Circus—one of the most beloved pieces in the museum's permanent collection—will be back on display starting on Friday, December 9. Kids will get a kick out of the collection of tiny figures that walk tightropes, dance, lift weights, swallow swords and perform a remarkable range of acrobatics, as well as the veritable menagerie—dogs, ponies, a lion, a camel and a musical bear—that populates the ring. Parents will be awed that Calder, while living in Paris from 1926 to 1931, created the work out of the humblest materials, including wire, cork, fabric and string. Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave at 75th St (212-570-3600, whitney.org). 

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