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The Way We Were: 50 Years of Early Contemporary Art from the Berley Collection

Without the generous gifts of its alumni, a university’s collection would have little opportunity to grow and enrich the lives of future generations of students. In 1999, Isabel Berley, Class of 1947, and her husband, Bill, Class of 1945, gave the Johnson Museum their personal collection of fine and decorative art, a move that enhanced our collections substantially. Collecting what they both knew and loved to live with, the Berleys put together an impressive array of works in the areas of modern paintings, drawings, and twentieth-century decorative arts. These important works by Fernando Botero, Philip Pearlstein, Roberto Matta, Josef Albers, Jack Levine, Betty Woodman, Janet Fish, and many others have become an integral part of our teaching mission, offering students and visitors alike the opportunity to experience great works of art firsthand. What is on view in this gallery is only a fraction of the entire collection, the third of our exhibitions celebrating this wonderful gift. Sadly, Isabel died in 1999, but her enthusiasm and graceful spirit live on in this rich artistic legacy, left to all of us.