USC Fisher Museum of Arts announced that they will be presenting a new group show curated by art critic Edward Goldman called “Art and Hope at the End of the Tunnel” that will be on view from Sept. 10 through Dec. 4.
The exhibition will feature new works from 35 artists all based in Los Angeles, with each piece resembling a “celebration of the resilience of the Los Angeles arts community and each individual artist’s ability to adapt and thrive.”
Goldman’s influence behind the show’s theme was the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic bringing a sense of bleakness and ambiguity to the local art community. According to a press release, he asked the question “how has this difficult time affected your art-making?” with the response being that it gave them more time to be in their studios to create art that had more focus and meaning.
The work that will be presented by the artists will be a representation of that response, as each piece on view was created during the height of the pandemic.
Goldman, who was born and educated in Russia and previously worked for the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, states that the intention of the show is to bring to life the idea that art can be used as a vehicle in escaping places of uneasiness and entering spaces of healing.
The show will take place on the USC Campus and will be part of a complex of Exposition Park museums including the National History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California African American Museum. Admission and programs are free to the public, with the hours being 12 pm to 5 pm on Tuesday through Friday and 12 pm to 4 pm on Saturday.