-The second photo, from 1984, shows the new Third Floor Gallery just after the Hiatt Wing was opened. No drastic changes in 30 years, but all of the 1984 photos I've seen show an affinity for plant life (real or otherwise) in the gallery spaces. The gallery floor went from carpet to hardwood in recent years. The seating is interesting as well. At first I thought this was the same type that is now in the Administration offices, but the legs are different. I recall seeing seats like those shown here stacked in the basement a long time ago, though.
-The sketch is from one of my favorite assemblages of objects, an often overlooked Gem of a collection, in the Pre-Columbian Gallery.
|1st Floor, 1920 Wing. Worcester Art Museum. by Travis Simpkins|
|3rd Floor, Hiatt Wing. Worcester Art Museum. by Travis Simpkins|
|Portrait Vessel, 100-500 A.D. Worcester Art Museum. by Travis Simpkins|
-Several WAM staff members, when shown the 1920 photo of the Cafe area above, commented on the mysterious weaponry displayed in the rack at far left. If I was to venture a guess, I would say that the lances/spears might've been briefly on loan from John Woodman Higgins. The photo was taken 10 years before his glass and steel Museum building was constructed, and Mr. Higgins then housed his growing collection in his residence very close to WAM. If that is the case, then it's even more fitting that some of those objects will return 94 years later in 2014.
|Higgins Armory Museum Weaponry|
Many weapons on display at Higgins Armory Museum (not necessarily the ones shown here) look similar to those shown in the 1920 WAM photo: