Bruce Museum awarded major grants for latest art exhibition

The Bruce Museum has received two major grants from the Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust in support of its new exhibition Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann, which opens to the public Saturday, May 2. Providing more than $250,000 in total funding, the grants made this ambitious exhibition possible.

In addition to providing funding for the production of the exhibition’s catalogue, the grants also support the exhibition’s public programming and promotion. Additionally, the funding will allow Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann to travel to additional venues after its inaugural presentation at the Bruce.

The Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust is committed to encouraging the study and understanding of Hans Hofmann’s extraordinary life and works. The Trust supports exhibitions, publications, and educational activities and programs focusing on Hofmann.

Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann is the first exhibition to focus on the artist’s varied and under-appreciated public mural projects, according to Dr. Kenneth E. Silver, the show’s curator.

“This original exhibition would not have been possible without the support of the Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust,” says Suzanne Lio, Associate Director of Development for the Bruce Museum.

“We are especially grateful to the Trust for their support of the tour of the exhibition. By sharing the exhibition with other museums, we can expand knowledge and appreciation of Hofmann’s work to a broad and diverse audience and raise the profile of the Bruce Museum.”

Hans Hofmann (1880-1966) Mosaic Mural, 711 Third Avenue, New York,1956 (detail) Photograph by Paul Mutino Works by Hans Hofmann used with permission of the Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust.

Hans Hofmann (1880-1966) Mosaic Mural, 711 Third Avenue, New York,1956 (detail) Photograph by Paul Mutino Works by Hans Hofmann used with permission of the Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust.

Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann opens at the Bruce on May 2 and continues through Sept. 6, 2015. The show will then travel to The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, Miami, FL, where it will be on view from Oct. 10, 2015 to Jan. 3, 2016.

The exhibition will be at the Frost during the renowned Art Basel Miami event, a premier Modern and Contemporary art show, before moving to the Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, where it will be on view from January 22 to April 10, 2016.

“Hans Hofmann is famed for his dynamic approach to color,” says Dr. Silver, who is a New York University Professor of Modern Art as well as an Adjunct Curator of Art at the Bruce Museum. “He was a towering figure among New York School painters. He was also the most important teacher and theoretician of the Abstract Expressionist movement.”

Public programming planned for the exhibition at the Bruce includes the 2015 Bob and Pam Goergen Lecture Series, with three lectures devoted to the origins, flowering, and long-range impact of the remarkable art of Hans Hofmann:

HansHofmannDocfilmMonday, May 4, 10-11:15 a.m., Documentary Film: Hans Hofmann artist/teacher, teacher/artist. Originally broadcast on public television, this 56-minute documentary is both an explanation of modern art and the story of an artist and teacher of thousands, some of whom are today’s leading artists.

A first-generation Abstract Expressionist, Hofmann was friend to Picasso and Pollock alike. Hofmann never intended to teach, but necessity forced him to, and he became extremely influential. Of the thousands of artists, writers, and dancers who studied with Hofmann at one time, one place or another, 24 are included in this documentary. Produced by Madeline Amgott and MUSE Film & Television; narrated by Robert DeNiro.

Held in the Museum’s Lecture Gallery and followed by 10-15 minutes of discussion. No reservations necessary. Free to the public. Please note that the Museum’s exhibitions will not be open.

Tuesday, May 5, Dr. Kenneth E. Silver presents Hans Hofmann, Modern Murals, and the Final Glorious Decade. Dr. Silver will reveal the various paths that led Hofmann from easel painting to mural design and back to easel painting again, resulting in the extraordinary late flowering of his art. Dr. Silver is Professor of Modern Art at New York University, Adjunct Curator of Art at the Bruce Museum, and curator of Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann. Reservations are required; for reservations visit https://goergenlecture0505.eventbrite.com

Thursday, June 11, Stacey Gershon presents Hofmann’s Legacy. Ms. Gershon will explore Hans Hofmann’s influence on art and artists, from his teaching in the 1950s to his continuing impact in the present. Ms. Gershon, an independent curator and art advisor to private and corporate clients, is the collections manager of the Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust. She was formerly the Senior Curator for the J.P. Morgan Chase Art Collection. Reservations are required; for reservations visit https://goergenlecture0611.eventbrite.com

Thursday, June 25, Mary McLeod presents Hans Hofmann and José Luis Sert: An Experiment in Artistic Collaboration. Dr. McLeod will discuss Hans Hofmann’s collaboration with the architects José Luis Sert and Paul Lester Wiener on the design of a new civic center for Chimbote, Peru, in 1950. Their objective was to create a vibrant new meeting place for both people and the arts. Dr. McLeod is a professor of architecture at Columbia University. She has written extensively on the history and theory of twentieth-century architecture, and is the editor of Charlotte Perriand: The Art of Living (2003). Reservations are required; for reservations visit https://goergenlecture0625.eventbrite.com

All lectures will be held at the Museum with dessert and open gallery at 6:30 pm, lecture at 7:30 pm. In addition, a scholarly catalogue has been created for the exhibition, with a foreword from the Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust, and essays by curator Kenneth Silver and Mary McLeod, Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University.

Additional support for Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann was generously provided by J.P. Morgan; The Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund; and a Committee of Honor chaired by Sabrina Forsythe, Sachiko Goodman, Susan Mahoney, Simone McEntire, and Susan Tejpaul. For more information about the new exhibition and its programming, visit www.brucemuseum.org.

Bruce Museum Director of Exhibitions Anne von Stuelpnagel works on the installation of Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann, opening at the Bruce on Saturday.

Bruce Museum Director of Exhibitions Anne von Stuelpnagel works on the installation of Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann, opening at the Bruce on Saturday.

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