The Bruton Sisters: Modernism in the Making at UCI's Langson IMCA
January 1, 1970
18881 Von Karman Avenue, Suite 100 Irvine, CA 92612
The exhibition will run from Feb. 4 - May 6, 2023; 10am to 4pm. Please note the museum is closed Sunday and Monday.
UCI Jack and Shanaz Langson Institute and Museum of California Art (Langson IMCA) presents "The Bruton Sisters: Modernism in the Making," a new exhibition organized by guest curator Wendy Van Wyck Good. An author, librarian, archivist, and historian, Good is the leading expert on Margaret, Esther, and Helen Bruton—pioneering artists who propelled the advancement of modern art in California. Including related works by several of their contemporaries, the presentation reveals the Bruton sisters’ innovative use of materials, creative approach to design, and fruitful collaborative process. This is the first group exhibition of the Bruton sisters’ work in more than 50 years.
The exhibition features 18 works from Langson IMCA’s permanent collection as well as several loans from private collections and the Monterey Museum of Art. A trove of archival materials—much of which is on public display for the first time—also reveals how the Bruton sisters integrated art, craft, and design into their everyday lives.
Image: Helen Bruton, Woman with Turquoise Bracelet, 1943, Cut ceramic mosaic tiles and cement, 24 x 29 in. The Buck Collection at UCI Jack and Shanaz Langson Institute and Museum of California Art© Bruton Family Archive, courtesy of Barbara Carroll