Train Wreck at the Tempe History Museum

I am quite delighted to have one of my pictures, Behind Curtain Number One, now in the permanent collection of the Tempe History Museum. So grateful that the museum allows me to use bits of their wonderful photo collection as source material.

Here is Joshua Roffler, Curator of Collections, taking delivery of the work last month.

Joshua Roffler, Curator of Collections at Tempe History Museum

Joshua Roffler, Curator of Collections at Tempe History Museum

In 2016 I’ll be having a solo show there which will feature their collection. Click here to go to the Museum’s mission statement. It’s a unique place, a great place.

Here’s a better look at Behind Curtain Number One, starring a 1902 train wreck on Ash Avenue Bridge in Tempe:

Behind Curtain Number One Corinne Geertsen

Behind Curtain Number One

And finally, in the spirit of train wrecks everywhere, here is the train wreck in Buster Keaton’s 1927 silent film “The General”.

trainwreckBusterKeaton from Reddit

The scene was filmed in one take with, yes, a real train. Run to Wikipedia and read all about the film. (Train wreck footage is from Reddit.)