We've been going to Worcester every year since 2001, and every year at the top of our list, is a visit to this Museum of Art. We have loved it. Found solace, tranquility, peace and calmness there, especially since we come to Worcester to deal with a stressful situation. Being among the masterpieces in this museum, with the very nice and helpful staff, was a "day off" from the troubled world, and a rest for the soul.
Not so this time. We were terribly disappointed and will not be coming again. (Except to eat lunch, as the restaurant café is TOPS in our book !)
Number 1. The Guns without Borders exhibit has NO place here in this Art Museum. Don't tell me that with all the museums in the area, there is no other venue for it ! If it NEEDS to be displayed, why not at a university. We live one hour from the border, we read about the violence daily in our local newspaper, and see it on our local news. There is much more to the story than firearms smuggled from the USA. A totally one sided view is presented at the WAM. No thank you. Next year, why not then prepare an exhibit about all the young people being murdered by firearms in Chicago. Open your daily paper, and you will see and read about much violence everywhere. What is the reason to have such an exhibit in a Museum of Art? AND, among the Knights of all places ! We went to the Higgins Armory last year, and there were so many items there. Why not display more items from the Higgins, instead? We were totally unprepared for this here.
Number 2. We always thought that this was a very classy museum. What classy museum would have "Keep your Paws off" written all over the Knights exhibit? That is so tacky, it is unbelievable ! So discourteous and offensive to patrons.
Number 3. We realize that this is some sort of experiment, but the "Remastered" (or remastering" ) galleries are very annoying. As we are museum addicts, we are quite familiar with many of the paintings and art works in those rooms. Do not need to be told who painted them, yet, there is comfort in seeing the plaque alongside a painting, with the Title, Artist and Year. We know this is the "Digital Age", but............................................................this type of presentation is more than annoying.
Next year, will find another place to spend our day off, as this Museum is now off our list of things to visit.
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