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The Gold of The Ancient Americas
Quick and Cheap Setting For Expensive Objects
About a year ago at The Walters Art Museum the administration made available a private collection that had long become a piece of local folklore. The Gold of the Ancient Americas were several extravagant (well you know by tribal Central and South American standards) pieces of forged metals.
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The Original Setting
At The Walters Art Museum there had been an elusive exhibition situated at the long since closed Hackerman House. Just inside the entrance to this long condemned extension to the museum these stolen treasures sat.
Guests would constantly ask me "excuse me when is your 'Gold of Ancient Americas' exhibition suppose to come back?" As a former security guard with the institution (that word having more meanings than one on the subject) I was told to "make something up".
Some days I would tell museum guests that the exhibition was on tour with another museum, or that they were only a temporary exhibit and that the guest had missed it by a few months. Whatever mood I was in. Even the visitor services people didn't know. However the truth was the curators were holding the pieces in storage for just such an occasion as this exhibition.
Hackerman House was closed in 2013 for "repairs" as Evander Toney called it. Everything was moved out in order to bring the old building back up to code. However Hackerman House was officially listed as condemned due to issues with electrical work and structural safety. At least that's the story we were told in the Security department. We were told to not mention the mold, and other issues to the public.
The original "Gold of the Ancient Americas" exhibition use to be on the right just as you entered Hackerman House. Now the area is used as storage for art pieces from the permanent collection, or for storage of special exhibition pieces.
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