USC Fisher Gallery

Los Angeles, CA


photo, ©1999 John Hazeltine


Treasures of USC: The Collecting Continues


Treasures of USC: The Collecting Continues opens August 31 and continues through October 23, 1999 at USC Fisher Gallery, the art museum of the University of Southern California.

Free and open to the public, the exhibition displays over 55 paintings, photographs, sculptures, and works on paper from USC Fisher Gallery's permanent collection. This exhibition is the second organized to celebrate the museum's 60th anniversary.

The first exhibit, held earlier in the year, focused on the original gifts of the museum's founder, Elizabeth Holmes Fisher. Fisher hoped that her gifts of art would attract other donations, resulting in a well-rounded museum collection. Shortly after USC Fisher Gallery opened in 1939, the university began to receive additional gifts of art, including both singular pieces and entire collections. Today, approximately 95% of the museum's permanent collection, which numbers near 2,000 objects, is comprised of such gifts, with the remaining objects purchased directly by the museum.

Treasures of USC: The Collecting Continues is organized to showcase the gifts of donors who have given collections and singular pieces that have helped the museum move in new directions since it opened its doors in 1939. Additionally, purchases made for USC Fisher Gallery by graduate students in the innovative Museum Studies Program will be shown.

Major gifts highlighted in the exhibition include old master oil paintings from the Armand Hammer Collection, California landscapes from the collection of past USC President Rufus B. von KleinSmid, and photographs from the Andrew Schwartz Collection. Additionally, to demonstrate the breadth of the growing permanent collection, the exhibition will feature works by such diverse artists as The Reverend Ethan Acres, Jean Charlot, Richard Diebenkorn, and Salomón Huerta.

Admission to USC Fisher Gallery and all events is free of charge. USC Fisher Gallery is located at 823 Exposition Boulevard in Los Angeles. Enter the USC campus through Gate 1 on Exposition (between Figueroa and Vermont) at Watt Way. Campus parking is $6. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Tours of the exhibition are available by appointment.

Images from top to bottom: Thomas Moran (American, 1837-1926), "Tower of Cortes" 1883, etching and drypoint; Reverend Ethan Acres (American, b. 1972),"Miracle at La Brea" 1997, screenprint on mylar

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For further biographical information on selected artists cited in this article please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.

rev. 10/18/10

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