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The Making of a Museum

Frederick Weisman believed that art was to be enjoyed by everyone. A self-trained art enthusiast and collector with a successful business background, Weisman amassed a remarkable collection of contemporary art over the course of his lifetime. Before his death in 1994, Weisman undertook numerous philanthropic endeavors to ensure that the public would have ongoing access to the works in his collections, and one of the most significant was his founding of the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine in 1992.

Weisman was first introduced to Pepperdine that same year, when the longtime curator of his personal collection, Nora Halpern, became director of what was then the Pepperdine University Art Gallery. Knowing that Weisman was interested in finding a Southern California home for his collection, Halpern invited him to visit the space. Weisman quickly realized that Pepperdine’s commitment to educating the whole person—body, mind, and soul—aligned with his ideals of accessibility and discovery.

In August of that year, he gave a $1.5 million gift to Pepperdine and the art gallery was renamed the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art. According to a Los Angeles Times article announcing the gift, Weisman pronounced, “It’s very exciting. What could be better than having a museum in my hometown? I have long sought an appropriate forum in the Los Angeles community to demonstrate my interest in the art of our century and of California.” Read the full article

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