Send in the clowns
Before the Great Depression, circuses traveled from town to town by train. In the late 1930s, WJ “Windy” Morris began building a model circus in order to share the magic of his favorite childhood pastime with future generations. The final result, which wasn’t completed until 1970, includes more than 100,000 parts and pieces, many of which he designed to move. The Morris Miniature Circus opens at the Museum of International Folk Art on Sunday, April 3, the first time it’s been exhibited in 30 years. On the cover is a photo illustration of the circus; photos by Kitty Leaken.