Thursday, October 9, 2014

Research: Worcester Art Museum "Then and Now" by Travis Simpkins. Update #13

     -The first photo, taken nearly 100 years ago, shows a group of children and their teachers enjoying the works on display in the third floor's East Gallery at the Worcester Art Museum. John Singer Sargent's portrait of "Mrs. Edward L. Davis and Her Son", hung at center, was commissioned and painted in Worcester during the summer of 1890. The most ambitious work created during Sargent's productive Worcester sojourn, the painting has sadly left Worcester and resides at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Today, in the Donnelly Gallery, the same location features vibrantly-hued Modern Art and is still a favorite spot amongst youth classes and groups.
     -In the time that I have worked at the Worcester Art Museum, the Lancaster Desk has stood in 3 different locations within the lobby. The photo at left, taken in 2009, shows the desk in it's second location... on the back wall directly facing the sliding doors. This placement proved problematic for many reasons, one of which was that when the lobby was full of people, the view was blocked, and visitors entering through the doors often could not see the desk across the way. Today, this corner spot in the Lancaster Lobby houses the Café SIP Cart and new flat screen monitors display current and upcoming events and information.

     -The sketch depicts the Bat suit, on loan to WAM for the Knights! Exhibition, showing the condition in which it appeared just after arriving in the 2nd Hiatt gallery. The 25-year-old suit was a bit rough and dusty then, but has since been cleaned and straightened-up for display. It was worn by actor Michael Keaton in Tim Burton's 1989 film, Batman, and it's presence will aid the Museum in showing connections between historical aegis and the stylized armor of contemporary fantasy.

3rd Floor (East Gallery). Worcester Art Museum. by Travis Simpkins

Lancaster Lobby. Worcester Art Museum. by Travis Simpkins

Batsuit. Worcester Art Museum. by Travis Simpkins