August Sander (German, 1876-1964); Circus People (from People of the Twentieth Century), 1926, printed by Gerd Sander in 1990; gelatin silver print.

Behind-the-Scenes of the Installation of Asco

The installation of the exhibition Asco: Elite of the Obscure has begun. Allison McCloskey, Assistant Conservator of Textiles and Objects from the Williamstown Art Conservation Center paid a visit to WCMA to install a costume (boots, helmet, and velvet suit), c. 1974.

Asco Costume Arm Assembly

The mannequin and under layer of the suit are assembled.

Asco Costume Installation - Unpacking

The velvet suit is unpacked. It’s condition is checked and documented.

Asco Costume Installation - Jacket

Allison adjusts the jacket.

Asco Full Costume

Here is the full costume. Note the fabulous Platform Sadler boots customized by Pasquale di Fabrizio with platform and lightning-bolt motif from the private collection of Humberto Sandoval.

Asco Full Costume front

The exhibition Asco: Elite of the Obscure A Retrospective, 1972–1987 will be on view February 4 through July 29, 2012.

One Response to Behind-the-Scenes of the Installation of Asco

  1. Rene Rodriguez says:

    I like how she takes great care and pride of the artist’s relics.

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