Valparaiso | Valparaiso’s Brauer Museum of Art hosted an opening reception for two special shows representing a “chronological overview” of the major movements in art history Friday evening.
Beginning with “Purple Grackle,” an original hand-colored John James Audubon engraving and works of the Hudson Valley movement, and ending with the art of abstract expressionism, realism and photorealism, guests were treated to about 100 original pieces in the show "Selections from the Permanent Collection." A second show, "Glimpses of Grace: Digital Collages by E. John Walford" highlighted the work of Walford, a retired Wheaton College art history professor.
Museum director Gregg Hertzlieb dubbed Walford’s work as the “fresh and invigorating” art of juxtaposition using digital images assembled with a computer.
The university initially received 400 pieces of art in the early 1950s from retired Chicago public school teacher Percy Sloan, the son of portrait painter Junius R. Sloan, which are displayed in the Sloan gallery.
Hertzlieb called the Sloan donation, including 276 pieces by Junius Sloan, as a “museum starter kit.”
Pieces in the show displayed in seven of the museum’s galleries also included those of the impressionism period, the Ashcan school group of artists, and early modernism.
Two originals by dunes artist Frank V. Dudley, “Sandlands Evening Song” and “Where the Dunes Grasses Turn,” represent the “regional face of impressionism,” said Hertzlieb.
Hertzlieb, who said the museum owns nearly 3,500 works of art, opened the show with a brief presentation of the periods represented in the galleries.
“This is an ongoing, constant process,” said Hertzlieb. “It is truly a labor of love.”
Hertzlieb told the crowd that the museum is “the envy of everyone who comes through.”
“It is a work of art itself in addition to the art that’s on the walls,” Hertzlieb said.