Seven Decades of Collecting: Celebrating the USC Fisher Museum of Art

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Portrait of a Woman and Child, 1525-1535 Oil On Panel © USC Fisher Museum of Art, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Herbert T. Kalmus
Seven Decades of Collecting: Celebrating the USC Fisher Museum of Art
Curated by: Ariadni A. Liokatis

823 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90089
December 3rd, 2008 - February 7th, 2009
Opening: December 3rd, 2008 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

downtown/east la
(213) 740-4561
Sat 12-4
mixed-media, landscape, traditional
This event is appropriate for children


USC celebrates the renaming of its AAM-accredited art museum, formerly known as the USC Fisher Gallery, by showcasing some of the museum’s most prized possessions as well as recent acquisitions ranging from 16th century European paintings to 21st century Spanish and Latin American art.. Organized by USC Fisher Museum of Art curator Ariadni A. Liokatis, the exhibition will be on view from December 3, 2008 to February 8, 2009.

Seven Decades of Collecting: Celebrating the USC Fisher Museum of Art traces over 70 years of collecting with art from the founding collection of Elizabeth Holmes Fisher, the Museum’s namesake and founder, and Armand Hammer. A selection of 16th& 17th c Italian and Dutch masterworks, 17th & 18th c European portraits, and 19th and early 20th c American and European landscapes will be on display. Three major European works of art, having been on a long-term loan to the Getty Museum, will be displayed together at the Fisher Museum for the first time in years. Of important note is the 16th c Bacchiacca’s Portrait of a Woman and Child, which has recently been conserved and never shown before at Fisher. The Fisher Museum is proud to display artwork that has been on loan to museums locally, nationally, and internationally, such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Getty Museum, the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens, the Berkshire Museum in Massachusetts, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Mauritshuis in the Hague (Holland), the Dulwich Picture Gallery in England, as well as other venues in Mexico City, Italy, Germany, and Belgium.

The exhibition will also feature our contemporary holdings and most recent acquisitions: Carmen Calvo, Mira Bernabeu, Salomon Huerta, Patssi Valdez, Gronk, Marta Palau, and Einar and Jamex de la Torre are among the artists to be showcased. We will also be introducing Kate Ingold, an artist from Chicago whose work represents a convergence of Mexico and Chicago in its cityscape's embrace of the Virgin of Guadalupe. This exhibition provides a window into the history of collecting in the context of a university museum, and a reflection both on past collecting practices and current and future collecting trends.

About USC Fisher Museum of Art

The USC Fisher Museum of Art, formerly Fisher Gallery – established 1939 – was the first museum in Los Angeles devoted exclusively to the exhibition and collection of fine art. As a university museum, accredited by the American Association of Museums, it functions as a center of intellectual inquiry and aesthetic enjoyment in support of USC’s goals of research, teaching, artistic creation, and service to society. The Fisher Museum bears special responsibility to link art to all of the university’s present and future audiences: students, faculty, staff alumni, and surrounding communities.

Since its opening in 1939, USC Fisher Museum has grown significantly in stature and prominence as the museum of USC. In addition to showing the permanent collection, the Museum presents traveling exhibitions and organizes its own successful exhibitions, offering the campus and community, as well as the greater Los Angeles area, a wide variety of changing exhibitions. USC Fisher Museum offers programming to support its exhibitions such as lectures, artist’s talks, film screenings, concerts, and poetry readings.

Museum hours:
Tuesday through Saturday.
12 noon to 5 pm.

Holiday Closures:
November 27 to December 1, 2008
December 24, 2008 to January 13, 2009