"Music and Painting" Detail
These two Byzantine-style mosaic murals by Helen Bruton and F. Alston Swift were installed in 1936, two years after the Art Gallery opened. They are located on the eastern facade, flanking the building’s double entrance. Each mural measures 18′ by 10′.
“The left (Swift) panel is said to allegorically depict music and painting. There is a woman with a violin, and a woman with an easel. The right (Bruton) panel is said to depict Sculpture and Dance (a man seated behind a partially carved stone block, and three woman dancers).”
Plaque info: worked into mosaic:
This small brick building northeast of Sproul Hall was built by John Galen Howard in 1904 to be the campus’s first steam powerhouse. It has since been: an art gallery (1934-1970); UCPDs Bike Bureau; a storage facility; and a campus stationary store. The building is currently slated to be restored for use by the Latin American Studies Center.
Archives of American Art 1964 Interview with the artists: http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/oralhistories/transcripts/bruton64.htm
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