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         FRANKLIN  WATKINS     
         1894–1972

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Photographer Reuben Goldberg captured Philadelphia realist and portrait painter Franklin Watkins among the collections of the University of Pennsylvania's museum. Watkins was there as one of seven men selected from the modern art world to be "let into the cellars and sub-cellars on a search for forgotten masterpieces" for the museum's innovative "Storeroom Show." As a way to "turn a new eye on the museum's collections," each man was allowed to choose objects he considered to have aesthetic interest. The exhibition's installation was as inventive as its selection process. Visitors were led down to the subterranean storage rooms, where spotlights picked out the chosen objects from the stored collections.

Reuben Goldberg (1883–1970)
Gelatin silver print, 1951
Published February 1952
ARTnews Collection, New York City
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