An excerpt from the USC Fisher Museum of Art’s gallery:
The USC Fisher Museum of Art and the USC Ronald Tutor Campus Center are proud to introduce talented New York artist Sam Goodsell to the USC and larger Los Angeles community. The three beautifully rendered pastel drawings on display in this gallery have been recently and jointly acquired by the Museum and the Campus Center, furthering these two university institutions’ historic partnership initiated several years ago.
These compelling portraits were purchased in the context of Fisher’s current presentation of the exhibition Posing Beauty in African American Culture. They enhance the discussion about conceived notions of beauty in representation addressed in that exhibition. The acquisition of these three new works strengthens as well the museum’s core collections—notably in portraiture—which includes 16th c Italian, 17th c Dutch, 18th c British, 19th c American portraits and contemporary works.