Charles Arnoldi | Four Decades
January 21-March 13, 2020
USC Fisher Museum of Art proudly announces Charles Arnoldi | Four Decades from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, a survey of Venice Beach artist Charles (Chuck) Arnoldi. “The exhibition traces the evolution of the artist’s practice from the seminal Sticks works of the 1970s through the aggressive physicality of the plywood-based Chainsaw works in the 1980s, into the chromatic glories of the paintings of the last two decades,” says curator Bruce Guenther.
Facing Survival | David Kassan
September 18- December 7, 2019
Artist David Kassan’s singular vision and extraordinary talent combine in the exhibition “Facing Survival” featuring Kassan’s paintings and drawings of more than a dozen Holocaust survivors, created over a period of several years. This exhibition was a collaborative partnership between the USC Fisher Museum of Art and USC Shoah Foundation.
2019 USC Roski School of Art and Design Annual Student Exhibition
May 1-May 10, 2019
Showcases work by USC Roski undergraduate students.
Suppression, Subversion and the Surreal
The Art of Czechoslovakian Resistance
March 9-May 10, 2019
The artists featured in Suppression, Subversion, and the Surreal: The Art of Czechoslovakian Resistance include printmakers Jiří Anderle and Oldřich Kulhánek, and photographers Pavel Baňka, Václav Chochola, and Jan Saudek. Their unique approaches to representing the human form offers a window into the psyche of these artists at a time when their avenues of personal expression were censored.
Staged Meaning/Meaning Staged
January 22-April 13, 2019
Among the artists featured are Jacob van Ruisdael, Thomas Cole, Théodore Rousseau, Carlos Almaraz, and Mary Weatherford. Each artist in the exhibition approaches landscape with different intentions but with a pronounced inclusion of what we are calling “the scape.” Staged Meaning/Meaning Staged is the first of two exhibitions celebrating our permanent collections. It is mounted in celebration of Fisher’s 80th anniversary.
Earth Works: Mapping the Anthropocene
September 18-December 8, 2018
The exhibition features 24 works by Justin Brice Guariglia, including one work—the 11 feet by 16 feet Jakobshavn I depicting one of Greenland’s fastest-melting glaciers—to be displayed across the street at NHMLA. Guariglia’s photographic works, which can be viewed as blurring the line between photography and painting, explore our current ecological crisis.
Senga Nengudi: Improvisational Gestures
January 20 – April 14, 2018
Nengudi is one of the seminal conceptual and performance artists of our time. Educated in Los Angeles in the 1960s, Nengudi left L.A. to study art in NYC and Tokyo decades ago.
Dos Colectivos: Prints from La Curtiduría and Art Division
February 27 – April 6, 2018
Dos Colectivos is not just a single, isolated exhibition, but rather another link in a growing chain of projects we have worked on together over the years.
James HD Brown: Life and Work in Mexico
September 19 – December 2, 2017
USC Fisher Museum of Art is the only Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA partner featuring an exhibition dedicated to an LA-born expatriate artist. Brown has lived and worked in Mexico for the past 22 years, and Fisher’s exhibition will demonstrate his ongoing creative dialogue and exchange with Mexican art, artists, and culture.
USC Fisher Museum of Art/Art Division: Artists in Residence
Workshops: January 31 – February 18, 2017
Exhibition: March 19 – April 8, 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 talented young adults who are committed to studying visual arts, on a semester-long project that brought Art Division students to the campus as part of a residency at Fisher Museum.
March 19 – April 8, 2017
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.”
September 13 – November 19, 2016
The USC Fisher Museum of Art has maintained a special commitment to Latin American and Latino art for the last thirty-five years. The museum has mounted exhibitions and, crucially for a university museum, has organized significant conversations – encuentros – with artists, curators, critics and scholars hailing from a number of Latin American countries. Still, there has been no real contact with Cuba. In May of this year that changed when director Selma Holo accompanied a group of contemporary art collectors to Havana.
A Generosity of Spirit:
Celebrating the Gift of Eugene Rogolsky, MD
September 13 – December 3, 2016
A Generosity of Spirit contextualizes the web of inspiration that motivated a pioneering Beverly Hills AIDS research clinic doctor, Eugene (Gene) Rogolsky, as he accumulated works of art. It hints at the personal and professional relationships he has developed over time, as well as the sociocultural ambience that prevailed in the 1980s, when he was most actively engaged in collecting. Tim Wride, curator of A Generosity of Spirit, says that the Rogolsky Collection “is a collection that is populated by works done by artists who were patients, patients who were friends, and friends who became legends.”
2016 USC Roski Annual Student Exhibition
May 3–13, 2016
The Annual Undergraduate Exhibition showcases artwork made by undergraduate students…
Lita Albuquerque, 20/20: Accelerando
January 26 – April 10, 2016
In 20/20: Accelerando, Lita Albuquerque merges film, sound and performance to tell the story of a 25th century female astronaut who lands on Earth in the year 6,000 BC with a mission to seed interstellar consciousness on the planet. Upon entering Earth’s atmosphere, she forgets her mission: “Where was I? And why was I awakening at this moment, on this planet?”
Gyre: The Plastic Ocean
September 2 – November 21, 2015
A flip-flop discarded in Thailand finds its way to Hawaii, and a bottle cast off from a tsunami in Japan becomes Alaska’s beach litter. In a culture dependent upon the modern convenience of plastic, throwaway products of consumption are affecting oceans and shrinking our world as we all become connected through our trash.
Cynthia Minet: Beast of Burden
September 2 – October 10, 2015
“Beast of Burden” features illuminated, life-size, mixed media sculptures and drawings of domesticated animals from Cynthia Minet’s series ‘Unsustainable Creatures.’ The exhibition draws upon the artist’s ongoing reflection on the complicated relationships and dependence humans have with the world we inhabit.
Roski School of Art and Design, Annual Student Exhibition
May 4-15, 2015
Opening reception in the Fisher Courtyard Monday, May 4, 4-6pm Regular museum hours, Monday-Friday, 12-5pm Commencement Day hours, Friday, May 15, 10am-2pm The Annual Undergraduate Exhibition showcases outstanding artwork made by USC undergraduate students over the course of the 2014-2015…
The California Art Club:
104th Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition
March 29 – April 19, 2015
The California Art Club presents its hallmark exhibition at the USC Fisher Museum of Art for the second time in three years. The only exhibition of its kind in the country, this much-anticipated display of contemporary-traditional fine art spotlights more…
Miri Chais: Re:Mind
September 17 – November 15, 2014
“If we are programmed like computers, then what differentiates a man from a machine? We will create artificial memories, and master complex skills instantaneously. And what becomes of the human soul, sum of a person’s knowledge and experience?”
Dan McCleary: Every Day Sacred. Paintings, 1993-2013
January 14 – March 7, 2015
“Every Day Sacred” highlights the richness of ordinary moments in carefully constructed minimalistic compositions. Dan McCleary specializes in interior scenes featuring one or very few subjects seemingly engaged in a state of contemplative introspection.
Changing Values, Changing Times
January 14 – March 7, 2015
The gift of six screen prints to the USC Fisher Museum of Art by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. inspired reflection on how artists represent, mirror, and shape values.
Roski School of Art and Design Annual Student Exhibition
May 6-16, 2014
Opening Tuesday, May 6, 12:00pm Student Award Ceremony 5:30-7:30pm USC Fisher Museum of Art, Harris Hall Regular hours: Monday-Friday 12-5pm Commencement Day hours: 10am-2pm Images from 2013 Exhibition The Annual Undergraduate Exhibition showcases outstanding artwork…
The Triumph of Philippine Art
February 6 – April 13, 2014
As never been done before, The Triumph of Philippine Art exhibits the nation’s political story and turmoil. The exhibition features various Contemporary Filipino-American artists and has been compiled by M. Teresa Lapid Rodriguez, who has personally experienced firsthand the revolution…
Richard Parker: Poetic Illusions
February 5 – April 13, 2014
Richard Parker: Poetic Illusions presents charcoal, chalk, and pastel drawings of Los Angeles artist Richard Parker. Spanning the last two decades, the exhibition features landscapes and works for the Pastel Sticks, Walls, Collages, and Hardware series. Parker’s landscapes, while non-realistic…
Drawn To Language
September 3 – December 7, 2013
Drawn to Language features five artists whose artwork captures the interaction of visual art and language. The exhibition is a series of dynamic installations that variously highlight painting, photography, text, and performance. Each artist incorporates words according to a highly…
USC Roski School of Fine Art Annual Undergraduate Exhibition
May 7-17, 2013
Regular hours: Mon-Fri, 12-5pm Opening reception/award ceremony Tues May 7, 5:30-7:30pm Commencement Friday May 17: 10am-2pm USC Fisher Museum of Art, Harris Hall [HAR] The Annual Undergraduate Exhibition showcases outstanding artwork made by USC undergraduate students…
The California Art Club:
102nd Annual Gold Medal Juried Exhibition
June 2-23, 2013
The California Art Club presents its hallmark exhibition at the USC Fisher Museum of Art for the very first time. This much-anticipated display of contemporary-traditional fine art spotlights nearly 200 never-before-seen works of art of genres ranging from quintessential California…
Denouncing Violence Against Women
April 8-21, 2013
Political movements are strongly remembered through the iconic visuals created amidst the controversy. Collecting these artistic interpretations is the mission of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG), a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that gathers, preserves and showcases international…
The Collecting Continues 1939-2013
From January 15 – April 21, 2013
The Collecting Continues showcases several major gifts that have shaped and further enhanced the museum’s permanent collection over the decades. It begins with the Elizabeth Holmes Fisher Collection, founder of the museum and the first female member of USC’s Board…
The Sota Project
October 7 – December 1, 2012
The Sota Project is an immersive, multilayered video installation that reenacts a controversial text from the Talmud. A tale of two sisters, bound together in symbiotic loyalty…
October 28, 2011 – Spring 2012
Museums are the guardians of significant collections of objects that comprise the cultural history of mankind. Among the museum’s primary responsibilities is the preservation of these objects for future generations…
A Complex Weave: Women and Identity in Contemporary Art
September 5 – December 1, 2012
In the twenty-first century, issues of identity seem increasingly complex and problematic, but also of fundamental and growing importance. In this way, the contemporary art world is a microcosm reflecting significant…
Sight Specific: LACPS and the Politics of Community
January 11 – April 7, 2012
The Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies (LACPS) was first introduced in 1974 as a means to spark creativity and growth in the community through photo based representation. For Southern California photographers, this organization was…
John Nava: The Making of the Trojan Family Tapestry
January 11 – April 9, 2011
Commissioned in 2008 by Ronald Tutor Campus Center Art and Trojan Traditions, under the advisement of Fisher Museum.
The Portraits of Sylvia Shap: Explorations and Revelations
January 11 – April 9, 2011
Fisher’s exhibition of Shap’s oeuvre over the past 40 years will expose the artist’s intense interest in psychological portraiture.
JS Carson: …The Weight of Ordinary Things…
January 11 – March 5, 2011
Ariadni A. Liokatis, Curator The USC Fisher Museum of Art is proud to introduce JS Carson in his first museum presentation. Fisher’s exhibition will feature a range of large mixed media works spanning the past decade revealing Carson’s talent. Born…
Ties That Bind: Family Portrayals
August 19 – November 23, 2010
From Fisher Museum’s own permanent collection, the paintings in the exhibition Ties That Bind display portraiture from 17th and 18th century Europe as well as contemporary works representing the family.
re:View, A Curatorial Intervention
From March 27 – April 17, 2010
Armed with original research and innovative ideas, five undergraduates will re-curate the Fisher Museum’s current show, Four Rooms and a View: USC’s Collection Highlights. Their resulting exhibition, re:View, is a thought-provoking reinterpretation of selected works in USC’s permanent collection…
Posing Beauty in African American Culture
September 7 – December 3, 2011
Deborah Willis, Curator Posing Beauty in African American Culture explores the contested ways in which African and African American beauty have been represented in historical and contemporary contexts through a diverse range of media including photography, film, video, fashion, advertising…
Yousuf Karsh: Regarding Heroes
August 19 – November 23, 2010
David Travis, Curator This exhibition celebrates the centenary of the birth of one of the greatest portraitists in the history of photography. It may be said that, through his portraits, Karsh helped to create our collective visual memory of Winston…
Four Rooms and a View: USC’s Collection Highlights
January 27 – April 17, 2010
Four Rooms and a View: USC’s Collection Highlights showcases several exceptional areas of the museum’s collection. On view will be our well-known old master and contemporary landscape paintings and lesser-known works by contemporary Mexican masters, Marta Palau and Demian Flores…
Victor Raphael: Travels and Wanderings 1979-2009
September 9, 2009 – December 19, 2009
This exhibition will feature work from the last 30 years and will include paintings, Polaroids, video, and interactive technologies. Work from the ongoing Space Field series will be included as well as work from Japan, Paris, Turkey, Mexico and Alaska.
Looking Into Andy Warhol’s Photographic Practice
February 25, 2009 – April 18, 2009
This exhibition presents a selection of the museum’s most recent acquisition of 100 original Polaroid photographs and 50 original black and white gelatin silver prints granted to the USC Fisher Museum of Art through the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program.
Seven Decades of Collecting: Celebrating the USC Fisher Museum of Art
December 3, 2008 – February 7, 2009
USC celebrates the renaming of its AAM-accredited art museum, formerly known as the USC Fisher Gallery. This exhibition showcases the institution’s most recent acquisitions and most prized—and rarely exhibited—possessions.
Robert Graham: Body of Work
November 14, 2007 – February 9, 2008
This exhibition reveals a new phase in Robert Graham’s exploration of the female figure through drawings, photographs, videos, and, especially, sculpture.
Phantasmagoria: Specters of Absence
September 3, 2008 – November 8, 2008
Phantasmagoria: Specters of Absence is not just smoke and mirrors. The show offers insight into how death, loss and historical trauma can be made visible to us.
Donald Bandler: A Roving Eye on Cyprus
February 26, 2008 – April 19, 2008
This collection of photographs by artist Donald Bandler includes portraits, impressions of the life of Cyprus, detail of the architecture, and an exploration of human identity.
Material Affinities: To Clay and Back
September 5, 2007 – October 20, 2007
Works by Lynda Benglis, Richard Deacon, Roger Herman, Ann Page and Michael Todd features a group of artists exploring the use of clay to express ideas and broaden their visual vocabulary.
Art in the Village: The Best of 2006-2007
May 21, 2007 – May 25, 2007
View the work of neighboring schoolchildren as Art in the Village displays the best of the 2006-07 school year.
The Bone-And-Bird Art of Joyce Cutler-Shaw and Sarah Perry
February 14, 2007 – April 14, 2007
This exhibition examines the work of two Southern California artists using bones as the subject matter or the medium of their art.
Then and Now: Highlights from the USC Fisher Gallery Collections
November 15, 2006 – January 20, 2007
USC Fisher Gallery has been actively collecting old masters and contemporary works of art since its inception in 1939. It was the first museum established in Los Angeles devoted exclusively to the exhibition and collection of fine art.
The Inferno of Dante by Michael Mazur
September 6, 2006 – October 28, 2006
Michael Mazur’s eerily haunting etchings lure viewers into the spellbinding netherworld of Dante Alighieri’s timeless Inferno.
The One and the Many
April 24 – May 11, 2012
USC Fisher Museum of Art hosts this exhibition featuring excellent examples of work produced by USC undergraduate students
MATCH Dual Presence
February 15, 2006 – April 15, 2006
Demin Flores Cort work in the exhibition MATCH Dual Presence expresses the complexities of the fusion of American and Mexican cultures, and acts as a bridge between the two, as reflected in the title and the dual site (Los Angeles and Tijuana) of this exhibition. MATCH Dual Presence features works which “utilizing symbols of popular culture” are part of an artistic strategy that encompasses magazine inserts, public mural interventions in Los Angeles and Tijuana, artist talks, and wrestling matches.
Variations on a Theme
Variations on a Theme explores the artists’ fascination with repetition and change, with similarity and multiplicity. The exhibition introduces a selection of over one hundred works from the holdings of the Anderson Graphic Arts Collection. Important American artists of the 1960s and 1970s included in the exhibition are Anni Albers, Josef Albers, Robert Arneson, Richard Diebenkorn, Richard Estes, David Gilhooly, David Hockney, Robert Indiana, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, and Wayne Thiebaud.
Contemporary Soliloquies on the Natural World
November 18, 2005 – January 21, 2006
Contemporary Soliloquies on the Natural World presents the work of five established Los Angeles artists. Although exhibited as a group, Karen Carson, Merion Estes, Constance Mallinson, Margaret Nielsen, and Takako Yamaguchi expose their highly personal views of the natural world; each gallery space allows one artist to reveal her individual voice and signature style in depth. Ensemble, they assert that our current notion of nature is based on pre-packaged models offered to us by media representations, ecological threats, urban planning, parks and leisure amenities, and scientific explanations rather than on personal experience and observation.