International Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Midwest Museum of American Art
The exhibit of these selected works of art will coincide with the informational display from the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect in New York City currently on exhibit at Elkhart Central High School during January
and early February, 2017.
Paintings and sculpture to be displayed include works by Adam (Grochowski) Grant (1924-1992) and his wife Peggy Grant (Toledo, OH). Adam Grant changed his name when he arrived in Detroit in 1951 from one of many displaced persons camps in Germany after having survived the death camps of Auschwitz and Mauthausen. His survival and his story is a quiet testament to the strength of and restorative power of the creative spirit. Adam Grant’s remarkable resolve and talent as an artist literally saved his life. He went on to Toledo, Ohio, where he became recognized as one of the most respected painters in the Midwest. He met his wife Peggy Grant, a formally trained figure painter from Baltimore, in Detroit before the couple moved to Toledo where they raised their two sons.
They had worked for the Palmer Paint Company but it was soon purchased by Craft-Master and both were ask to continue on with the new company. Adam became the Art Director serving the company as the first designer of (now historically famous) “Paint-By-Number” sets. Peggy Grant is represented in the MMAA Collection by an endearing portrait of Adam Grant in his home with their son, Tom, from 1964. The
painting was gifted by Mrs. Grant to MMAA in March of 2016. Adam Grant’s painting was purchased by Robert & Peggy Weed, Elkhart/Bristol, in 2004 then donated to the Midwest Museum that same year.
More works displayed include a collection of seven small bronze portrait heads by eminent sculptor, Tuck Langland, from the museum’s Harold Langland Study Collection. These pieces were conceived in 1992 as a
Memorial to the Holocaust and were exhibited as such at other museums before six were donated to MMAA by Harold & Janice Langland in 2012. Striking as portraits, the bronze heads also serve as a metaphor for the
horrors inflicted on Jews during World War II. One head (by Langland) in the grouping was donated by Colorado sculptor, Rosetta. It is a tender and poignant portrait of a young Anne Frank having been shaved bald
before her death by the Nazis.