Lucky Seven is an installation of acquisitions collected by or gifted to the Berman Museum of Art over the past seven years. This exhibition playfully interprets the passing of time, placing emphasis on a significant turning point in the museum’s history. In 2013, the Berman Museum welcomed an evolution in institutional vision, reinventing itself as a platform for contemporary art with a contemporary collecting focus. In the past seven years we have received gifts both large and small from the Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation and other generous donors; transitioned works on loan to permanent holdings; and acquired contemporary artworks from our exhibitions on display, broadening our collection of dynamic current work in photography, painting, works-on-paper, and sculpture.

Across cultures, people of various backgrounds find significance in the number seven. There are seven days of the week, seven wonders of the world, seven colors in the rainbow, seven deadly sins, and so on. Seven is also significant in various religions: the Judeo-Christian God constructed the world in six days and on the seventh they rested; in Islam, seven heavens are written about in the Quran; and the Japanese have seven gods of fortune. Despite this, evidence for the human fascination with the number seven appears ultimately arbitrary and begs the question: “Why do we associate the number seven with luckiness?” We can only conclude that the number seven carries with it a sense of spirit given by the collective belief that it is lucky at all.

Lucky Seven features work by artists Don Camp, David Levinthal, Joel Meyerowitz, Laura Moriarty, Cindy Sherman, Dina Wind, amongst others, and our most recent acquisition, Resurrection Story Without Patrons by artist Kara Walker. The mythos around the number seven and its supposed luckiness, provides an opportunity to explore the spirit that binds this eclectic gathering of artworks—the beloved and impactful, curious and tactile, the abstract, and the representational—as we honor the original vision of Philip and Muriel Berman and continue to give meaning to our growing collection.

 

All Berman exhibitions are free and open to the public.