The Institute of Fine Arts at NYU | 1 E 78th St.
Medieval Art Forum
"The Most Extraordinary Art Museum in the World": Inventing Medievalism at the Hammond Castle Museum in Gloucester, Massachusetts
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
6:00 PM in the Lecture Hall
Martha Easton of The Material Collective discusses John Hays Hammond, Jr. and his medieval-style castle built in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Followed by a reception.
Abstract: In the 1920s, the scientist and inventor John Hays Hammond, Jr. built a medieval-style castle high on a bluff overlooking the sea in Gloucester, Massachusetts. His ‘castle’ housed his laboratory, but Hammond also used it as a stage setting for his sizeable collection of ancient, medieval, and Renaissance objects, in a fantastical setting meant to evoke a medieval past. Although Hammond lived, worked, and entertained his many famous friends in the castle, he also operated it as a museum, which one breathless newspaper account of the time deemed “the most extraordinary art museum in the world.” Despite these accolades, today Hammond’s collection and castle are almost completely unknown and unpublished.