Fisher Museum – Spring 2017

Since January 31, 2017, the USC Fisher Museum of Art has been collaborating with Art Division, a non-profit organization dedicated to training and supporting underserved young adults who are committed to studying visual arts, on a semester-long project that has brought Art Division students to the USC campus as part of a residency at the Fisher Museum.

Art Division students, surrounded by works from Fisher’s permanent collection in the museum’s Center Gallery, have been using the museum as their studio space while attending public workshops led by artists and scholars. In March, with the collaboration of the Mexican Consulate of Los Angeles, artist Demián Flores will be at the Fisher Museum for a week, interacting with Art Division students and the general public through his, Mardonio Carballo’s and Marco Barrera Bassols’ new project, MONTARlaBestia, which will take over Fisher’s center gallery for three weeks between March 19 – April 8, 2017. The project will be an interdisciplinary exploration of the possibilities of our original collaboration.

MONTARlaBestia is an exhibition that responds to “La Bestia”– a train that carries as many as half a million Central American immigrants annually on their journey to the United States – through art and poetry by the artist collective, El Colectivo Artistas Contra la Discriminación. Demián Flores was first exhibited by the Fisher Museum in 2006 and has works in the museum’s permanent collection, as well as in the collections of El Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC) and London Print Studio, among others. Mardonio Carballo is a renowned journalist, author, and social activist. Marco Barrera Bassols is one of Mexico’s most esteemed independent curators. He has worked on important international art projects, including with MoMA in New York.

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USC Fisher Museum of Art/Art Division: Artists in Residence
Workshop Schedule

Yoga at the Museum, select Thursdays, February 2 – April 6, 10:45-11:45am, doors open at 10:35am

Find your center and explore the spiritual connection between your yoga practice and artworks from our current exhibition, led by a USC Recreational Sports instructor. First 20 to arrive secure a spot.

Figure Drawing Workshop I, February 1, 12-3pm

Learn how to draw multiple poses from a live model in this workshop led by artist Karen Carson.


Figure Drawing Workshop II, February 2, 12-3pm

Salomón Huerta will lead a workshop featuring a live model to explore different drawing techniques and introduce students to new ways of seeing.


Figure Drawing Workshop III, February 3, 1-4pm

John Nava will give an illustrated talk about drawing, followed by demonstrations and guided drawing from a live model.


Drawing with Pastels Workshop, February 7, 12-3pm

Learn how to draw with pastels in this workshop led by artist and Art Division Director Dan McCleary. Please come with source material; a drawing, painting, or image you would like to do a version of in pastel.


Figure Drawing Workshop IV, February 8, 12-3pm

Margaret Lazzari, USC Roski School of Art and Design Professor of Fine Arts, will provide instruction on drawing a skeleton model and how that relates to drawing the human figure.


Printmaking Workshop I, February 9, 12-3pm

Use a printing press to make your own prints with the guidance of Art Division students.


Printmaking Workshop II, February 10, 12-3pm

USC Roski School of Art and Design Professor of Fine Arts Ruth Weisberg will lead an introductory workshop on the nature of printmaking and the techniques it encompasses, followed by a demonstration of linocut technique for the audience to create their own linocut prints.


Acting Workshop, February 14, 12-3pm

USC School of Dramatic Arts Acting Teacher Tony Abatemarco will lecture on acting for the stage and the camera, incorporating his own students in their scene work with camera work from the Art Division Film Collective to investigate acting techniques and history.


Open Conversations with Art Division, February 15, 12-2pm

Join Art Division students as they discuss their experiences and the creative process during the open workshops at Fisher. Free refreshments are to follow.

All are welcome.

Public Speaking Workshop, February 16, 12-3pm

Overcome the fear of public speaking and learn how to enjoy it in this workshop by USC School of Dramatic Arts Assistant Professor of Theatre Practice, Randy Mell.


Art & Brain, February 17, 1-3pm

Learn about the history and meaning of the neurological images that artist Katherine Sherwood incorporates into her art. Explore the tradition of interactions between artists and doctors who study the biology of the brain, dating as far back as the Renaissance Period.  Featuring artist Katherine Sherwood, University Professor and Appleman Professor of Biological Sciences, Neurology, and Psychology Larry Swanson, and Postdoctoral Scholar Leonardo Christov-Moore. Refreshments to follow.


Community Days, February 4, 11, 18, 12-4pm

Visit Fisher on the first three Saturdays of February to create your own artworks and contribute to Fisher and Art Division’s community murals. Experience the organic development of the exhibition throughout the three weeks.

All are welcome.

Closing Reception, February 14, 3-5pm

Fisher will be hosting a closing reception with refreshments to celebrate the conclusion of the workshop series at Fisher.

All are welcome.