Sculptor Francisco Zuniga’s “Evelia de Pie,” 1978, has been given to the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television by Dorothy Meisel and her late husband, Harry.
The six-foot bronze sculpture – now a part of the university’s permanent collection maintained by USC Fisher Gallery – is on display on the lawn between the Norris Theatre and the Marcia Lucas Post-Production Building on the University Park campus.
“The Meisels are truly a Trojan family and have been supporters of the school for many years,” said Elizabeth M. Daley, dean of the cinema-TV school. “Their son and daughter are both USC graduates, and their grandson, Tony, is a recent cinema-television alumnus. We’re delighted to be the artwork’s new home.”
Before the Meisels owned it, “Evelia de Pie” had been on display at the Mizrachi Gallery in Mexico City.
“I am so happy to see this wonderful piece in its new setting,” said Dorothy Meisel. “USC has been so much a part of this family, and it means a great deal to us to have this sculpture on campus for all to enjoy. The university has found a serene location for this beautiful sculpture to be enjoyed by everyone who passes.”
Zuniga (1912-1998), who was born in Costa Rica and moved to Mexico City in 1936, is known as one of Mexico’s leading sculptors and printmakers.
His work is exhibited throughout the world and can be found in the permanent collections of more than 20 museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
“Francisco Zuniga is one of Latin America’s finest artists,” said Selma Holo, director of the USC Fisher Gallery. “We’re honored to have received one of his monumental bronze works and to give our community the gift of being able to see it on a regular basis.”