University of Southern California – Fisher Gallery

823 Exposition Blvd, Harris Hall (between Figueroa and Watt Way). Los Angeles. CA 90089-0292 Tel: (213) 740-4561 Fax: (213) 740-7676

Internet Address: Director: Dr. Selma Holo Admission: free.

Attendance: 11,000 Established: 1939 Membership: X ADA Compliant: Y Parking: on campus ($6) or metered on Exposition Blvd. & Vermont Ave.

Open: September to June. Tuesday to Friday, noon-5pm.

During Exhibitions, Tuesday to Friday, noon-opm: Saturday, llam-3pm.

Summer, Call for hours.

University of Southern California – Fisher Gallery Photo Gallery

Facilities: Galleries.

Activities: Films; Gallery Talks; Guided Tours (during exhibition, Tues. 1pm); Lectures;

Permanent Exhibits: Temporary Exhibitions; Traveling Exhibitions.

Publications: exhibition catalogues.

Fisher Gallery, the accredited art museum of the University of Southern California, offers exhibitions ranging from antiquities and Old Master artists through contemporary works by artists with local, national and international reputations. In addition to showing the permanent collection, the Gallery presents traveling exhibitions and organizes its own exhibitions. The exhibition schedule includes regular year-long exhibitions of the permanent collection in the Walter and Hertha Klinger Gallery in the Quinn Wing and changing exhibitions (of about 12 weeks duration) in the main galleries. Between the two facilities is a reading room where catalogs and other relevant materials are placed to encourage reflection by Museum audiences. Small focus exhibitions or orientation materials are also placed in the reading room. Klinger Gallery, Quinn Wing, the museums permanent collection exhibition space, is open during the academic year and by appointment during the summer

Temporary Exhibitions; Traveling Exhibitions.

The Watts Towers Arts Center, founded by a number of citizens concerned with the restoration and preservation of the historic Towers and the cultural well-being of a community ravaged by civil unrest, houses two galleries, an education area, and offices. It offers an array of activities including art exhibitions, lectures, and classes in painting, drawing and dance. The Centers main gallery features changing exhibitions of contemporary art by local and national, emerging and established artists. The Center organizes the annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival and concurrent Day of the Drum held during the last weekend in September. Both events embrace the concept of multiculturalism and draw crowds from all parts of the city. In 1989. Dr. Joseph Howard, one of the leading authorities on and collectors of percussion instruments in the world, donated a portion of his extensive collection to the Center, where it is on permanent display. The Center also possesses a collection of .:\frican Sculpture. Located at 1765 E. 107th St, the Watts Towers consist of nine major sculptures, constructed of structural steel covered in mortar and ornamented with trenradis mosaic. They are the sole work of Simon Rodia, a construction worker by profession, who labored single-handedly for 33 years to build his masterpiece, which he called “Xuestro Pueblo”. The tallest tower stands 99/4 feet. Ihe structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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