Richard and Valerie Tucker will speak about their book Step Right Up: Classic American Arcade and Target Forms. Book signing and reception to follow.
Step Right Up: Classic American Arcade and Target Forms explores self-taught art of late nineteenth and early twentieth century shooting gallery targets, whole galleries, and arcade forms. Commonly seen on early midways and carnivals as well as in saloons and other public places of amusement, the artworks presented are the rarest and most aesthetically pleasing decorative targets and arcade forms known. The progression from the world of shooting gallery and arcade forms, as well as painted American fixtures and accessories, to contemporary art and sculpture has been a natural evolution. Also featured are examples of other amusement attractions to which the visitor to the carnival, circus, or midway would have been exposed. A few European forms are included to illustrate the difference to and American forms.
Image: Cover of Step Right Up: Classic American Arcade and Target Forms, designed by Schiffer Publishing and featuring the Dickman Great Clown (Bright Eye) photographed by Kimberly Gavin/Kimberly Gavin Photograph.