Bruce’s Hofmann show closes, but will tour United States

Summer has come to a close, and with it comes the close of a groundbreaking exhibition at the Bruce Museum. Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann closed at the Bruce on Saturday, but will continue on a U.S. tour to two additional institutions.

The first ever exhibition to focus on the artist’s varied and under-appreciated public mural projects, Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann, curated by Dr. Kenneth Silver, adjunct curator of art at the Bruce and a professor of Modern Art at New York University, debuted at the Bruce Museum on May 2 and and will now travel from Greenwich to The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University in Miami, where it will be on view from October 10 to January 3, 2016, and to the Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where it will be shown from January 22 to April 10, 2016.

While at the Bruce, the Hofmann show was wildly popular with visitors and media alike, drawing not only record visitor numbers for the Museum, but also widespread media attention. The renowned PBS television show NYC-Arts travelled to Greenwich to tape two episodes from inside the exhibition, later reporting that the show achieved almost double its usual rating/number of viewers. Unprecedented coverage from The New York Times included two different articles in the national edition of the paper.

The New York Times columnist David Dunlap dedicated his long-running Building Blocks column to the show the week it opened, writing “A Connecticut Exhibit Highlights the Murals of Hans Hofmann,” pointing out that “New York’s treasury of public and semipublic artwork is so rich that it sometimes takes an out-of-town institution to remind us what we’ve got. In this case, it is the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut.” Later during the show’s run, Times art critic Roberta Smith reported that the show was a “substantial and exuberantly colorful exhibition,”adding that it offered “a new handle on Hofmann . . . like a spotlight that illuminates all around it, specifically his last decade, when he wrestled his opposing stylistic elements into their finest expression.” On social media, news of the show traveled far and wide, generating hundreds of thousands of impressions around the world on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. (“Wow!” “Gorgeous!” “Worth the trip!” “Don’t miss!”)

Walls of Color: The Murals of Hans Hofmann was generously underwritten by the Renate, Hans and Maria Hofmann Trust; 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.

Bruce Museum Exhibition Department de-installs the Hofmann show. The show will tour to two additional U.S. Museums.

Bruce Museum Exhibition Department de-installs the Hofmann show. The show will tour to two additional U.S. Museums.

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