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Brauer Museum of Art's new season of exhibits debuts
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Brauer Museum of Art's new season of exhibits debuts

VALPARAISO — The Brauer Museum’s 2016–2017 season kicks off Tuesday featuring works in a variety of media ranging from abstract to representational.

The fall exhibitions run through Dec. 11 and feature photographs by Louise Witkin-Berg in an exhibition titled External Reflections — Internal Wars, housed in the Wehling and McGill Galleries and the Education Room. This retrospective exhibition showcases abstract figurative works by the acclaimed New Buffalo, Michigan, photographer who was active for a long time in Chicago.

“It’s cool and unique,” said Gregg Hertzlieb, director and curator of Brauer Museum of Art. “Her photographs on display were done entirely in camera or in the darkroom in the ‘70s before Photoshop was available.”

Located in the Ferguson Gallery and Gallery 1212, True to Form: Works from Chicago Sculpture International is curated by Hertzlieb and Gloria Ruff and includes sculptures in a wide variety of styles and materials.

“It’s all different styles and media, a lot of different approaches to sculpture in the show,” Hertzlieb said.

An opening reception for both exhibitions will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The museum also will host a gallery talk with members of Chicago Sculpture International at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 and a student coffee hour with Louise Witkin-Berg at 7 p.m. Nov. 2, offering a unique opportunity to hear from the artists themselves on VU’s campus.

The winter exhibitions debut Jan. 10, with Sand & Steel: Visions of Our Indiana Shore, curated by Hertzlieb; Martin: a Sculpture by Bill Jeter; American Byways: Selections from U.S. Highway 80; and Photographs by Rebecca Nolan.

In the spring semester, the film/lecture series — The Noir Style in Image, Word, and Sound — returns to offer film screenings and discussions that will explore the classic film genre. Four iconic movies will be featured on behalf of Peter Aglinskas, an Indiana University Northwest performing arts faculty member and creator of the lecture series. All events are free and open to the public, with showings running January through April.

The Valparaiso University Art Student Exhibition returns in April, featuring students’ original artwork, along with Botanical Lore, Legend and Transformation: Works by Jon Hook and Andrea Peterson and The Art of Ernst Schwidder.

The summer exhibitions include new acquisitions as well as Duneland on Display: Works by the Duneland Plein Air Painters.

Throughout the season, the Brauer Museum will host additional coffee hours and gallery talks with artists, curators and art collectors.

Visit for more information about the season and upcoming events.


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Rob covers urban affairs and other matters in Crown Point, St. John, Winfield and beyond. Previously he covered Valparaiso, Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. He's also written for various magazines and pens a culture blog for The Times.

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