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MOCA Director Jeffrey Deitch (left) gives a tour of "Art in the Streets" recently to Richard Meyer, associate professor of art history in USC Dornsife (middle in black tie) and his undergraduate students in his course, "Culture Wars: Art and Social Conflict, 1900 — the present." Photo by Michelle Salzman.

Naked Hollywood

May 25, 2011

In 1951, when bombshell actress Jayne Mansfield publicly dropped the top of her dress, the photographer Arthur Fellig, also known as “Weegee the famous,” was there to capture the moment on film. The caption to…

The "Dart Aphrodite," a Greco-Roman marble sculpture, dates between 100 B.C. and 100 A.D.

"Dart Aphrodite" Comes to USC

April 22, 2011

In November of 2010, the University of Southern California received a rare and beautiful ancient marble head of the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite, or Venus as the ancient Romans called her. When I was Dean of the School of Fine…

Amy Von Lintel, who graduated from USC College with a Ph.D. in art history in May, has accepted a position as assistant professor of art history at West Texas A&M University. Photo credit Laurie Moore.

Classics Meet Cadillacs

June 28, 2010

Amy Von Lintel believes art history goes beyond what hangs on the walls of museums, or what fills the pages of textbooks. The field is alive, constantly changing, and much closer to home than you might think. Beginning this…

Photo courtesy of the Natural History Museum and Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging.

Fridays Are Happening

April 26, 2010

Combining science, music and a late night at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County might seem like a strange idea to some. But Michael Quick, executive vice dean in USC College and moderator of the museum’s…

The Institute for Modern Russian Culture’s rare collections were recently opened to undergraduates. Students, faculty and researchers include (top row, from left) Adele Di Ruoco, Sarah Mogen, Marc McKinnon, Mark Konecny, Tiffany Schallert, Melissa Choi, Philip Meyer, Haley Reed, Oleg Minin, John E. Bowlt, (bottom row, from left) Nicholas Davis, Richard Kitterman and Nicoeta Misle. Photo credit Emily Cavalcanti.

Undergrads Open a Window to Russia's Past

February 26, 2010

The rare collections of Soviet-era artifacts, Russian literature, phonograph recordings, and Perestroika kitsch possessed by the Institute for Modern Russian Culture (IMRC) were only available for study to graduate students…

Selma Holo, director of the USC Fisher Museum of Art and professor of art history, co-edited the new book, <em>Beyond the Turnstile: Making the Case for Museums and Sustainable Value</em>, which examines what museums must do to be indispensable to society today and in the future.

"Beyond the Turnstile": Does the World Need Museums?

December 1, 2009

Even before the financial crisis hit last year, top museum directors worldwide knew they were operating in a bubble that couldn't last."I think what happened was that everything just got out of control. Exhibitons got more and…

Center for Chinese Fossil Discoveries

Our Fascination with Dinosaurs and Other Fossils

September 15, 2009

Similar to the fossils they study, it took some time for David Bottjer, professor of earth and biological sciences in USC College, and Luis Chiappe, director and curator of the National History Museum, to establish the…

A view of the textbook museum in Salt, Jordan. Photo credit Laurie Brand.

A Brand of Complex Research

September 10, 2009

Traveling 7,600 miles to Jordan, Laurie Brand began her massive research project that will also take her to Algeria, Egypt and Lebanon before the end of 2010. Salt, Jordan, the first leg of Brand's travels, is an ancient…

Technology + Teamwork = New Discoveries

Technology + Teamwork = New Discoveries

January 1, 2007

Inside a darkened lab at University Village, two professors and a group of students huddled around a computer screen depicting the image of a person or deity whose head resembled a fastener doohickey. “There’s the…