Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Detail of Helen Zughaib's print "Eye of the Beholder" in which a woman looks at her reflection in a small handheld mirror. Helen Zughaib, Eye of the Beholder (detail), 2015, archival pigment print.

Art and Identity


Humanities Center Gallery
Saints Tekakwitha and Serra Hall

What defines who we are? Race? Ethnicity? Gender? Sexuality? Class? Religion? These questions animate Art and Identity, an exhibition of modern and contemporary art curated by Zoe Morales Martinez (’21). Highlighting works from USD’s growing collection of fine art prints, Art and Identity considers the multiple, intersecting forces that make up who we are and how we are seen.

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Two American Indians on horseback hunt bison Allan Houser (detail); Image copyright the artist's estate (©The  Houser/Haozous Family, Chiinde LLC)

Traditions and Transformations: May at 25


David W. May American Indian Gallery, Saints Tekakwitha and Serra Hall

This online presentation surveys five years of acquisition activity in support of the May Collection. Since 2015, the core strengths of the collection have continued to flourish alongside a new commitment to contemporary indigenous artists, working in a wide variety of media.

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Detail of a promotional poster

Victor Ochoa, Chicano Park Day Anniversary Poster, 1976, multi-color screenprint on paper, courtesy of the artist

Chicano Park @ 50: Renewal and Self-Determination Through Poster Art


Humanities Center Gallery, Saints Tekakwitha and Serra Hall

Chicano Park @ 50 commemorates the graphic art imagined by celebrated artists in alliance with the Chicano Park Steering Committee in order to announce and pay tribute to its annual celebration of the Chicano Park Takeover on April 22nd 1970.

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Virtual Programming


Join us for weekly updates on art, insights in to our collections, and "Tiny Talks" hosted by staff members, from the comfort of your home.

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Print Room Projects: Piranesi


Hoehn Print Study Room, Founders Hall

Student Alexia Sayyed, '20 takes a close look at three artworks from the university's print collection, and connects them to her own architectural studies.

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A towering skyscraper juts up from the Manhattan skyline with sharp geometric lines. Ernest Born (American, 1898-1992), Bank of Manhattan & U.S. Treasury, c. 1930-31, lithograph on chine collé. Gift of Beatrice and Thomas Roberts. PC2015.11.13.

Ernest Born Prints: The Architect’s Eye

Fall 2021

Hoehn Family Galleries, Founders Hall

Celebrated architect, Ernest Born, trained his eye through drawing and printmaking. The two practices – making prints and designing buildings – informed each other. Ernest Born Prints: The Architect’s Eye will display Born’s interwar etchings and lithographs, many inspired by his studies of iconic structures across the globe, including the Chrysler Building, Notre-Dame cathedral, and St. Mark’s in Venice.

grainy, black-and-white film still of an artist, her back to us, raising a brush to begin painting on a giant canvas.

Image courtesy of the artist and Morán Morán Gallery Los Angeles

Screenings 7: Eve Fowler

Fall 2021

The seventh iteration of the Humanities Center Gallery's series of time-based works focuses on Eve Fowler's with it which it as it if it is to be (2016).  Fowler is an LA-based artist known for her visual inspections of language and gender.  This particular work was originally shot on 16mm black and white film, subsequently transferred to video, and pairs images of women artists working, with a narration of Gertrude Stein's hypnotic short story "Many Many Women."

Black-and-white etching of a crowd at an indigenous gathering, with the exception of a red blanket, flying through the air. Marie Watt (Seneca, b. 1967), Witness (Quamichan Potlatch, 1913), 2014, copper plate etching and color aquatint. Purchased through the John A. Petersen Acquisition Fund. PC2019.03.02.

Marie Watt Prints

4 February – 15 May 2022

Hoehn Family Galleries, Founders Hall

Marie Watt (Seneca, b. 1967) is one of the country’s most celebrated contemporary artists whose work draws on personal experience, indigenous traditions, proto-feminism, mythology and art history. Drawing on the collections of the Jordan D. Schnitzer Family Foundation and the University of San Diego, Marie Watt Prints will present a mid-career retrospective of Watt’s work as a printmaker, accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.

A colorful composition of dignitaries mounted on horseback bringing gifts to an allegorical queen.

Jan Saenredam (Dutch 1565 - 1607), Allegory of the Flourishing State of the United Provinces (Emblema hodierni rerum status in Belgica Foederata), 1602, engraving with hand coloring on paper. Krannert Art Museum

Fake News & Lying Pictures: Political Prints in the Dutch Golden Age

Fall 2022

Hoehn Family Galleries, Founders Hall

Curated by Maureen Warren, Curator of European & American Art, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Comedians, editorial cartoons, and memes harness the power of satire, parody, and hyperbole to provoke laughter, indignation—even action. These forms of expression are usually traced to 18th- century artists, such as William Hogarth, but they are grounded in the unprecedented freedom of artistic expression in the 17th-century Dutch Republic. This exhibition explores the complex visual strategies early modern Dutch printmakers used to memorialize historical events, lionize and demonize domestic and international leaders, and form consensus for collective action.