The Morris Miniature Circus

Return of the Little Big Top

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Apr 3 2016 - Dec 31 2016

After 30 years, the Morris Miniature Circus returns to the Museum of International Folk Art. Built over the course of forty years by W.J. “Windy” Morris (1904–1978) of Amarillo, Texas, the Morris Miniature Circus is a 3/8”-scale circus model that was acquired by the museum in 1984 and exhibited in 1986. In 2016, the museum has restored and installed the Circus once again.

The Morris Circus is modeled after a 1930s “railroad circus,” back in the days when a circus would come to town by rail, set up in a day, perform for a local audience, then pack up and move on. The Circus consists of an estimated 100,000 pieces, all made by Morris through a variety of techniques from woodcarving and painting to clay modeling and mold making.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website

  • American
  • 20th Century
  • W.J. “Windy” Morris

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