Monday, December 29, 2014

Research: Worcester Art Museum "Then and Now" by Travis Simpkins. Update #33

     -The first photo, from 1910, shows a view of the third floor's East Gallery at the Worcester Art Museum. This photograph (from a glass plate negative) was likely an outtake, considering the abrasions and what appears to possibly be part of the photographer's dark cloth showing in the frame at far right. It provides a glimpse into the older, more laborious, process of photographing in the galleries. Today, this renovated space houses a rotating selection from WAM's post-1950 Art collection.
     -Considered by many to be an uninviting entrance to visitors arriving from Lancaster Street, in 2005 demolition began on the old Lancaster Terrace. Here, in the photo at left in this second "Then and Now" composition, the dig is in full swing. Construction of the new stairs and terrace took several months, during which time the Lancaster doors were closed and foot traffic had to be diverted to a side stairwell exit in the Higgins Education Wing.

     -The sketch depicts the Ancient Egyptian "Statuette of Hapidefai" (2060-1780 B.C.)

     -This last Knights! construction photo sequence (part 5 of 5) was documented over the course of nearly 4 months (15 weeks) during the various stages of the Higgins Armory collection installation in the 2nd floor Hiatt Gallery. "Helmutt", the armor-clad dog figure, can be seen in the 11th and 12th images.

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

Lancaster Terrace. Worcester Art Museum. by Travis Simpkins

Hapidefai. Worcester Art Museum. by Travis Simpkins

Knights! Construction. Worcester Art Museum. by Travis Simpkins