Exhibition Publication Fundraiser In Memory of David E. Brauer (1943-2020)

Posted on: October 6th, 2020

Please donate to help MMofA create a publication for

An Art Historian Collects: The David E. Brauer Collection

In Memory of art historian and collector, David E. Brauer

The Mobile Museum of Art is saddened to learn of the passing of David E. Brauer (who passed away on September 15, 2020).  This museum is honored to have on view the last project on which Brauer worked—and many of our members and patrons attended his last public talks in early February of this year.

We have received several requests for a modest publication about this exhibition and its collector. We are therefore raising money toward that goal, in honor of his memory, and soliciting essays by former colleagues and students.

If you wish to donate, fill out the form below or mail a check to

Mobile Museum of Art, Inc.
4850 Museum Drive
Mobile, AL 36608

Checks must be made out to Mobile Museum of Art, Inc. and please include a note designating your donation to the “David Brauer Memorial Publication.”

If you would like to donate by phone, please call Mary Beth Lursen, Membership Coordinator at 251.208.5234.

DAVID E. BRAUER (1943-2020)

Born in Scotland and raised in London (his German born father a professional chef, his Scottish mother a British social worker), Brauer attended London’s St. Martin’s School of Art (1960 – 1965), where he studied both studio art and art history. Prior to moving to Houston in 1975, Brauer worked at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London and the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, and taught at North Oxfordshire College of Art and Technology. Brauer served as the head of the History of Art Department of the Glassell School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, lecturing and teaching generations of students at the University of Houston (including the notable “Art Guys” among others).  He also taught and lectured extensively at Rice University, Jung Center and the Women’s Institute of Houston (in addition to lectures presented elsewhere in the country and Europe). He curated and co-curated many exhibitions, including the seminal 2001 exhibition, “Pop Art: U.S./U.K. Connections: 1956-1966” at the Menil Collection in Houston, which was accompanied by a scholarly catalogue published by The Menil Collection, the first in the field addressing the US/UK connections in the development and evolution of Pop Art.