Sunday, October 26, 2014

Research: Worcester Art Museum "Then and Now" by Travis Simpkins. Update #18

     -The first photo, from 1933, shows the 12th Century French Chapter House shortly after it was deconstructed, transported and reassembled in the newly-built Renaissance Court Building of the Worcester Art Museum. Purchased in 1927, the room was the major catalyst for the construction the major new addition. As this photo shows, some artwork was originally hung inside the Chapter House, including the 13th Century Italian crucifix that now hangs in Gallery 212. The Chapter House was the star attraction of the new Museum addition which, in 1933 alone, drew over 200,000 visitors eager to see the first transposed Medieval structure in America. Today, the 900-year-old architecture remains the same, but the furniture is much more contemporary... with a constellation of chairs designed by Yvonne Fehling and Jennie Peiz now occupying the space.
     -The second "Then and Now" composition shows Salisbury Hall both pre and post "Knights!". Neo-classical sculpture and portraits of local benefactors were replaced with creative video projections and a mounted rider on a strawberry-pink horse, clad in 16th century armor from the John Woodman Higgins collection.

     -The sketch depicts the 15th Century Italian limestone "Madonna and Child" that resides on the Renaissance Court balcony.

     -The Knights! Construction sequence (part 3 of 5) shows yet another perspective of the Gallery's transformation, documented over a period of nearly four months (15 weeks). The center photos show the horse before and after it was painted.

Chapter House. Worcester Art Museum. by Travis Simpkins

Salisbury Hall. Worcester Art Museum. by Travis Simpkins

Madonna and Child. Worcester Art Museum. by Travis Simpkins

Knights! Construction. Worcester Art Museum. by Travis Simpkins