Art and Hope at the End of the Tunnel

Artist: Kelly Berg Title: Earth Awakening 2 Courtesy of the Artist and Craig Krull Gallery. Photographer Credit: Alan Shaffer Date: 2020 Medium: Acrylic on canvas Dimensions: 60 x 48 in. Courtesy of the Artist and Craig Krull Gallery. Photographer Credit: Alan Shaffer

USC Fisher Museum of Art is proud to announce the opening of our Fall 2021 exhibition, “Art and hope at the end of the Tunnel”, a group show curated by renowned art critic Edward Goldman and featuring dozens of artists who call the Los Angeles area home.

The concept of the exhibition emerged out of the bleakness and ambiguity in the initial stages of the Covid 19 Pandemic. Goldman, who was still able to visit artists in their studios, asked the question “how has this difficult time affected your art-making?”. To his delight, the artists responded that it had allowed them to spend more time in their studio, creating art that had more focus and deeper meaning, giving Edward hope that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

The USC Fisher Museum of art presents “Art and Hope at the End of the Tunnel”, featuring artists such as Gaijin Fujita, Pam Douglas, David Hicks, Keiko Fukazawa, Lezley Saar, Manfred Muller, and Ferrari Sheppard among many others, is a celebration of the resilience of the Los Angeles art-making community and each individual artist’s ability to adapt and thrive.

Gajin Fujita “No Man’s LAnd”, 2020, spray paint, paint markers, Sakura streak, 12k white gold leaf and 24k gold leaf on wood panel 24 x 16 in. (61 x 40.6 cm) signed and dated verso Courtesy of the Artist and LA Louver Venice, California Photographer credit Jeff McLane

For more than 30 years, Edward Goldman was an art critic and host of “Art Talk,” a weekly program that aired prime-time Tuesday evenings during All Things Considered on LA’s largest NPR affiliate, KCRW 89.9 FM. Edward also contributed weekly art reports to the Huffington Post.

Both fearless and fun, Edward is a favorite on-air presence, offering a unique “accent” on art. Born and educated in Russia and formerly employed by the famed Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, he offers impassioned views on what he sees in galleries and museums and at cultural events throughout the world, and he is not afraid to “speak truth to power.

On view September 10 to December 9.