In 1982, Richard Bruland opened Bebop
Records and Fine Art with René Engel. Bruland and Engel managed the store together until
Engel left the business in 1985. Bruland continued to manage the store until it closed in
August 1990. During this time the store's focus shifted to a performance and gallery venue.
It became known as an alternative performance place for local musicians, poets, and visual
artists. Bruland created original poster artwork to announce each evening's show, which were
displayed in the store's front window. The Richard Bruland Bebop Records Art Posters
Collection consists of 792 original posters created by Bruland, as well as photographs and
event calendars. The collection also contains articles and newspaper clippings regarding
Bebop Records, and other promotional materials for the store and performances.
Richard Bruland was born in Lima, Peru in 1946, to Raymond and Mary Bruland. The family
moved several times before settling in Geneva, Switzerland, where Bruland attended high
school and discovered his passion for art. Bruland furthered his education at the School of
the Art Institute of Chicago, and studied painting at the California Institute of the
Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of
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The collection is open for research use.