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PART OF BEING AN ARTIST: The Dennis Hopper Collection - Selected Works and Ephemera

September 2, 2014 - November 25, 2014, 3:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

The SCA Gallery, Steven Spielberg Building Ground Floor, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The USC School of Cinematic Arts, USC Visions & Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative, and The Hopper Art Trust, invite you to visit an ongoing photographic art exhibit throughout Fall 2014
SCA Gallery, Steven Spielberg Bldg. Lobby
USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday from 3:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Open EXCLUSIVELY to USC Students, Faculty & Staff from September 2 – October 9, 2014
Open to the General Public from October 10 – November 26, 2014


About Part of Being An Artist: The Dennis Hopper Collection

"I was born in Dodge City, Kansas, and am really just a middle class Farm boy at heart. I really thought acting, painting, music, writing were all part of being an artist. I never thought of them as being separate." — Dennis Hopper

Dennis Hopper is widely recognized as an acclaimed artist, actor and filmmaker whose iconic and distinctly American voice has established him as one of the most singular creative figures of his time. The USC School of Cinematic Arts is proud to display a series of Hopper's iconic black and white photographs taken from 1961 - 67 featuring a range of subjects from Hollywood actors to the bullfights in Mexico to the Civil Rights Movement. In conjunction with the exhibition a series of film screenings and discussions will take place with Hopper's friends and colleagues.

Part of Being An Artist: The Dennis Hopper CollectionSelected Artwork and Ephemera will be open EXCLUSIVELY to USC Students, Faculty and Staff from Tuesday, September 2 – Thursday, October 9, 2014, and will be open to the General Public from Friday, October 10 – Wednesday, November 26, 2014. The exhibit is located in the School of Cinematic Arts Gallery, in the lobby of the Steven Spielberg Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007.

Learn more about Dennis Hopper and the Hopper Art Trust at


About Dennis Hopper

Dennis Hopper is widely recognized as an acclaimed artist, actor and filmmaker whose iconic and distinctly American voice has established him as one of the most singular creative figures of his time. Born in Dodge City, Kansas Hopper grew up in San Diego, California, and spent most of his life between Los Angeles, California and Taos, New Mexico. As an actor he appeared in over 140 television shows and starred in over 150 films. In 1969, Hopper co-wrote, directed and acted in the film Easy Rider, forever changing the face of American cinema and garnering an Academy Award® nomination for Best Screenplay.

In addition to his dynamic acting career, Hopper ardently dedicated more than five decades of his life to artistic expression -- exploring the mediums of photography, painting, sculpture, film, and installation. His work holds its foundation in the cultural revolution of 1960’s when a Pop sensibility emerged, the West Coast became a popular new venue for creative expression, and photography asserted itself as an important artistic medium. In the role of artist and collector Hopper worked and socialized with the artistic avant-garde, constantly exchanging ideas and influencing one another’s work. During his lifetime, his artwork was exhibited around the US and internationally in Italy, France, Japan, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Australia and Russia. Since Hopper’s death in May of 2010, his artwork continues to be in demand in the private and public contemporary art realms.


About the Screenings

All screenings are free of charge and open to the public. Click on the film titles for more information and to make reservations.

Friday, September 12th @ 7:00 PM: EASY RIDER (1969)
Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway
Directed by Dennis Hopper. Written by Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, and Terry Southern. Produced by Peter Fonda.

Introduced by Dr. Richard B. Jewell, Hugh M. Hefner Chair for the Study of American Film, USC School of Cinematic Arts. Dessert reception to follow in Queen's Courtyard.

Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda star as counterculture bikers exploring the radical possibilities of their generation on the American road. Called “a touchstone for a generation” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch), Easy Rider explores the expanding possibilities of U.S. culture in the 1960s, including the hippie movement, drug use and experiments in communal living. Nominated for an Academy Award® (1969) for Best Original Screenplay (written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Terry Southern), Easy Rider continues to touch a chord with fans everywhere.

Provided courtesy of Columbia Pictures. Rated R. Running time: 95 minutes.


Friday, October 10th @ 7:00 PM: Legacy Panel and APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)
Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway

Info coming soon.

Wednesday, October 15th @ 7:00 PM: BLUE VELVET (1986)
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, 900 W. 34th Street
Written & Directed by David Lynch. Produced by Fred C. Caruso.

Director David Lynch crafted this hallucinogenic mystery-thriller that probes beneath the cheerful surface of suburban America to discover sadomasochistic violence, corruption, drug abuse, crime and perversion. Kyle Maclachlan stars as Jeffrey Beaumont, a square-jawed young man who returns to his picture-perfect small town when his father suffers a stroke. Walking through a field near his home, Jeff discovers a severed human ear, which he immediately brings to the police. Their disinterest sparks Jeff's curiosity, and he is soon drawn into a dangerous drama that's being played out by a lounge singer, Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini) and the ether-addicted Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper). The sociopathic Booth has kidnapped Dorothy's young son and is using the child as a bargaining chip to repeatedly beat, humiliate and rape Dorothy. Though he's drawn to the virginal, wholesome Sandy Williams (Laura Dern), Jeff is also aroused by Dorothy and in trying to aid her, he discovers his dark side.

Provided courtesy of Park Circus. Rated R. Running time: 120 minutes.


Friday, November 14th @ 7:00 PM: THE LAST MOVIE (1971)
Norris Cinema Theatre/Frank Sinatra Hall, 3507 Trousdale Parkway
Directed by Dennis Hopper. Written by Dennis Hopper and Stewart Stern. Produced by Paul Lewis.

Introductory lecture by Dr. David E. James, Professor of Critical Studies, School of Cinematic Arts.

With a barrage of cinematic devices at hand (flashbacks and flash-forwards, super-imposed titles, missing frames), Dennis Hopper creates a hallucinatory acid-trip concerning an American movie company making a western in Peru. In a remote mountain village in Peru, a Hollywood film company wraps up shooting a western and returns to California. Staying behind is a young stunt man, Kansas (Dennis Hopper). In the village, he takes up with the resident whore, Maria (Stella Garcia), while the Peruvians decide that they want to make their own movie. Not having the necessary film equipment, but plenty of local raw material, the villagers construct the needed cameras, microphones, and sound recorders out of bamboo, and although the equipment is faked, the villagers substitute real, bloody violence for the make-believe violence of Hollywood.

Provided courtesy of The Hopper Art Trust. Rated R. Running time: 108 minutes.


About Parking

The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $10.00 at USC Entrance Gate #4, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

About USC Visions & Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative

Visions and Voices is a university-wide arts and humanities initiative that is unparalleled in higher education. The initiative was established by USC President C. L. Max Nikias during his tenure as provost in order to fulfill the goals set forth in USC's strategic plan; to communicate USC's core values to students; and to affirm the human spirit. Emphasizing the university's commitment to interdisciplinary approaches, the initiative features a spectacular array of events conceived and organized by faculty and schools throughout the university. The series includes theatrical productions, music and dance performances, conferences, lectures, film screenings and many other special events both on and off campus. Each program invites students to dialogue and interact with artists, writers, professors and special guests. These interactions provide a dynamic experience of the arts and humanities and encourage active exploration of USC's core values, including freedom of inquiry and expression, team spirit, appreciation of diversity, commitment to serving one's community, entrepreneurial spirit, informed risk-taking, ethical conduct and the search for truth.

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