Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Research: Worcester Art Museum "Then and Now" by Travis Simpkins. Update #45

     -The first photo, from 1920, shows part of the west wall in Gallery 331. This image was taken more than a decade before the larger European Galleries were constructed, and this area served to present Renaissance works. Today, the area is more sparsely decorated and contains WAM's Early American collection.
     -The second "Then and Now" composition 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 on the inside walls. 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 third image contrasts two of the more recent Wall at WAM projects: "Actions Speak" in 2008 and the current commission, "These Days of Maiuma."

     -Last Monday, I was pleased to see that WAM has posted my work on the Admission Board in the Lancaster Lobby. These are two sketches of the Ancient Roman bust of the Emperor Caligula, that I made in March of last year.

3rd Floor Galleries. Worcester Art Museum. by Travis Simpkins

Chapter House. Worcester Art Museum. by Travis Simpkins

Wall at WAM. Worcester Art Museum. by Travis Simpkins

Art by Travis Simpkins on WAM Admission Board in Lobby