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Collection Highlights

Maynard Dixon
The Jinks Room murals
1914
Gift of the McCaslin family
Collection of the USC Fisher Museum of Art
Permanent Loan

The Jinks Room murals are on permanent loan from the USC Fisher Museum of Art, as part of the new USC Fisher Museum of Art @ Campus Center partnership. Maynard Dixon (1875-1946) was a noted illustrator, landscape, and mural painter of the early 20th-century American West, who was also once married to famed American documentary photographer Dorothea Lange (1895-1965).

Richard X. Zawitz
Infinity 8.30
2010
Stainless steel
Edition: Unique

“INFINITY 8.30 is the manifestation of the TAO 道 by means of three-dimensional form. As a result of the energy or CHI 氣 emitted from this sculpture, the surrounding environment becomes enveloped in an energy field of positive vibrations. This site-specific sculpture was created exclusively for the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.” - Richard X. Zawitz

The Trojan Outfit Exhibition
1962
Donated by Patricia (Saukko) DeBernardi

This outfit was made and worn by Traveler's first and longtime rider Richard Saukko for almost forty years. It was also later worn by his stepson, Chuck O'Donnell. The history of this outfit and the Traveler tradition began in 1961 when Bob Jani, Director of Special Events at USC, and Eddie Tannenbaum, a student volunteer, contacted Richard Saukko about riding his horse, Traveler, at the USC home football games in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.  ***Moved to Heritage Hall***

John Nava
The Trojan Family Tapestry
2010
Wool, cotton, silk, and gold

The Trojan Family Tapestry by world-renowned artist John Nava is the signature commission of the Ronald Tutor Campus Center Art & Trojan Traditions program and permanent art collection. The Campus Center originally commissioned the piece in the summer of 2008, at the suggestion of USC Fisher Museum of Art's Director, Selma Holo.

Dart Aphrodite
Circa 100 C.E.
Greco-Roman Marble Head of the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite/Venus
A gift in memory of Jane and Justin W. Dart
On permanent loan from the USC Archaeological Research Center

Donated by Stephen Dart, G. Michael Dart, and Jane Dart Tucker in loving memory to their parents Jane and Justin W. Dart, Trustee of the University of Southern California (1961-1971 and Chair of Board of Trustees 1967-1971). Jane O'Brien Dart was also a noted Hollywood actress in the 1930s working under the stage name of "Jane Bryan."

Judith F. Baca
La Memoria de Nuestra Tierra: California
1996
Acrylic on canvas maroflouge application

During the fall of 1993, the USC student group La Raza PAC initiated a campus campaign to commemorate the life of labor and civil rights leader César E. Chávez and raise awareness of the issue of campus diversity in the wake of the 1992 Los Angeles uprising. La Raza PAC worked with a USC coalition of student, staff and faculty groups including El Centro Chicano, M.E.Ch.A., the Latino Forum and the Latino Student Assembly. In 1994, the USC Latino Arts Committee (LAC) was created with the mission to identify and select an artist to create a mural which would occupy a special place of honor in the Topping Student Center. Judith F. Baca was selected by the LAC to work with her colleagues at SPARC (the Social and Public Art Resource Center) and with USC students and alumni/ae during the 1995-96 academic year to create the mural. Baca conducted extensive discussions with the USC Latino Arts Committee and the students on the history and establishment of the Latino Arts Initiatives, and the relationship of the people to the land. Students conducted history into the images which represent this land and the indigenous and immigrant people who inhabit it. USC Archives, the Los Angeles Times and the Daily Trojan were all scoured for the proper icons. The mural was painted in Baca’s studio in Venice and installed in Topping Student Center in August of 1996. It was reinstalled in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center in 2010.