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Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s)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 this collection has been transferred to California State University, Northridge.
Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of
materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by
fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the
public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright
owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
The collection is open for research use.