Monday, November 24, 2014

Research: Worcester Art Museum "Then and Now" by Travis Simpkins. Update #24

     -The first photo, from 1933, shows the newly completed Renaissance Court without the Antioch mosaics. The excavations had begun in 1932, but the Antioch treasures did not arrive in Worcester until several years later. Cutting open the expensive granite floor to install the large "Hunt" mosaic was a tough but integral decision, because the floor was still fairly new.
     -The second "Then and Now" composition contrasts the inaugural 1984 exhibition in the 2nd floor Hiatt Gallery, The Collector's Cabinet, with it's current use as the home of Knights! These photos were taken from the corridor, at the start of the exhibition space.

     -The sketch depicts the large 5th Century B.C. marble "Funerary Monument of a Greek Warrior." The sculpture can be seen in situ at far left in the 2014 Renaissance Court photo. I think it has a good thematic tie-in with the Knights! exhibition as well.

     -I often get asked which exhibitions, over the course of my time at the Worcester Art Museum, have been the most successful. Actually, one of the most well-received shows I can recollect was fairly recent. Ron Rosenstock's 2011-2012 "Hymn to the Earth" photography exhibition was truly wonderful, and the local community really embraced it. It helped that Ron, a kind and charismatic man, visited WAM often (nearly every weekend) and was eager to interact with visitors. The closing date of the exhibition was pushed back twice, reflecting the popularity of his work. I visited Ron at his studio last week. The range and quality of his photographs are captivating; he is a gracious soul and a remarkable artist.

Renaissance Court. Worcester Art Museum. by Travis Simpkins

Knights! . Worcester Art Museum. by Travis Simpkins

Greek Warrior. Worcester Art Museum. by Travis Simpkins

Ron Rosenstock by Travis Simpkins. Worcester Art Museum