USC Roski Professors Garner Prestigious Press Around the World

 USC Roski School of Art and Design faculty members have been profiled in prestigious national and international publications lately, reflecting intense interest in their research and exhibitions.  From Sherin Guirguis’ sculpture in the Desert X Biennial to Edward Arceneaux’s spotlight in the New Yorker for his award winning play Until Until Until. . .USC Roski professors are drawing attention from major arts writers.

Here are a few of the faculty members who have received national and international publicity lately:

Sherin Guirguis, USC Roski vice dean of faculty and associate professor of the practice of fine art has a new site-specific sculpture, One I Call, 2017, that reflects on the complex web of narratives surrounding deserts and desert communities. It is currently on view at the Desert X Biennial in the Coachella Valley. Her remarkable piece has garnered international recognition and was recently featured in the New York Times, The Guardian UK, the Los Angeles Times and Artsy.

Sherin Guirguis, One I Call, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.


The New Yorker recalls inaugurals past with its feature on USC Roski Professor of Art Edgar Arceneaux's award winning 2015 play Until, Until, Until...Arceneaux created the play from found footage, and, augmented by live performance, he reconstructs actor Ben Vereen's controversial performance at Ronald Reagan's inaugural gala.

Photograph by Paula Court / Courtesy of Edgar Arceneaux


Keith Mayerson, USC Roski professor of art’s painting series, My American Dream, includes dozens of paintings produced from 1999 to the present day. Art 21 Magazine notes in a new article reviewing the exhibition that the series has transcended national boundaries as it made its way to Berlin this past winter. Mayerson recently gave a talk in conjunction with My American Dream: Berlin Edition with Adam Weinberg,  the director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Ortrud Westheider, the director of the Museum Barberini in Potsdam, Germany. It was moderated by Kimberly Marteau Emerson from the U.S. Embassy in Berlin.

Mayerson will debut his Yosemite National Park landscape paintings series at New York’s premier art fair, The Armory Show, this month. 

Keith Mayerson. Paso Del Norte: the US/Mexico Border, 2016. Oil on linen. Courtesy of Weiss Berlin.


Suzanne Lacy, USC Roski professor of art and fall 2016 faculty hire, received glowing reviews in the art world for her innovative series, Performance Lessons: Suzanne Lacy Teaches Andrea Bowers, which took place at The Main Museum in downtown Los Angeles last fall. The series centers on the profoundly influential trajectory of performance art in California between 1968 and 1980, reanimating and contextualizing this rich artistic history through performance, conversations with practitioners and theorists and inquiry on politics and pedagogy. Lacy’s project was covered by ARTNEWS, Hyperallergic, Los Angeles Times and LA Weekly.

From left to Right: Suzanne Lacy and Andrea Bowers at The Main Museum.