Not your 10th-grade geometry
By Amy Lavalley Post-Tribune correspondent September 28, 2012 4:44PM
"Papillon," 2001 basswood wood glue and paint, is part of “Color and Form: Selected Works by Morton C. Bradley Jr.” on display Oct. 1- 29 at the Indiana University Northwest Gallery for Contemporary Art in Gary. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media
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“Color and Form: Selected Works by Morton C. Bradley Jr.” is on display Oct. 1-26 at the Indiana University Northwest Gallery for Contemporary Art.
The gallery is open to the public from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday. The gallery is in the Savannah Center, neighboring the IUN Bookstore. For information on parking, visit
Updated: November 1, 2012 6:18AM
An inaugural collaboration between the Indiana University Northwest Gallery for Contemporary Art and the Indiana University Art Museum is culminating in an exhibit of brightly colored, geometric sculptures.
“Color and Form: Selected Works by Morton C. Bradley Jr.” will be on display Oct. 1-26 at the IUN Gallery in Gary. The 30-some sculptures are on loan from the Bloomington museum.
The museum had been discussing internally collaborating more with its sister campuses, with a focus on education and programming, and initiated talks with Ann Fritz, director of the IUN Gallery, as well as IUN Chancellor William Lowe, who were receptive to the idea, said Heidi Gealt, director of the IU Art Museum.
“We’re very excited about it,” Gealt said, adding the IU Museum has more than 300 sculptures by Bradley. “They’re brilliant.”
Bradley was born in 1912 and died in 2004. He was educated at Harvard University, and was a relative of Andrew Wylie, IU’s first president. He was an art collector and restored paintings, said Gealt, an acquaintance of Bradley’s. She visited him numerous times at his home in Massachusetts and saw geometric sculptures there.
“He never told me that
he made them,” she said,
adding they were a collaborative effort.
The exhibit at IUN will bring together different disciplines, Fritz said, including art and mathematics; Bradley’s extensive research into color and emotion brings psychology into the mix as well.
“I’m really looking forward to this show. It’s going to be so colorful and so intellectual. It’s amazing how this man thought everything out mathematically,” Fritz said.
Artwork will be loaned to other satellite campuses as well, and more partnerships between the IUN Gallery and the IU Museum can be expected in the future.
“Though we’re located in Bloomington, we feel a connection with all the museums,” Gealt said, adding other exhibits will be scheduled down the road.