That’s how he met Bill Itter, IU professor emeritus of fine arts, and eventually found himself in Itter’s home, checking out his collection of African ceramics, textiles and baskets.
“His home is filled to the brim with works of art that he collected over the years,” Brenneman said. He described Itter’s collection as a library of art. “He’s collected these things, he’s lived with these things, he’s had a chance to compare and contrast these things in a way even a museum curator wouldn’t be able to.”
Last week, the museum announced that Itter would be gifting more than 500 handmade ethnographic pieces, valued at close to $4 million. The gift will enhance the art museum’s internationally recognized sub-Saharan African art collection.