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Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049 - (310) 440-4500

Exhibitions at the Skirball

Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933–1950

Through March 1, 2015

You love their movies. Now discover their stories. The exhibition Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933–1950 explores how the experiences of German-speaking exiles and émigrés who fled Nazi Europe—many of them Jews—influenced the classic films of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Learn how beloved movies such as Sunset Boulevard, Double Indemnity, Casablanca, and Ninotchka were shaped by the light and dark experiences of these pioneering film artists.

The Noir Effect

Through March 1, 2015

Following up where the exhibition Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933–1950 leaves off, The Noir Effect traces the influence of noir into more recent times, exploring how the genre has continued to impact American popular culture, art, and media. 

Café Vienne

Through March 10, 2015

Café Vienne is a site-specific exhibition developed for the Skirball by Austrian artist Isa Rosenberger (b. 1969). Within this immersive installation, which pays tribute to the important cultural role of Viennese coffee houses, Rosenberger honors little-known Jewish writer Gina Kaus (1893–1985).

Noah’s Ark at the Skirball


Climb aboard a floor-to-ceiling wooden ark filled to the rafters with whimsical, life-sized animals made of upcycled, repurposed materials. Noah’s Ark at the Skirball welcomes children and families to take an interactive journey together, weathering a storm and caring for one another. 

Visions and Values: Jewish Life from Antiquity to America


Featuring changing displays of works from the Skirball’s permanent collection of Judaica—the third largest in the world—this historically illuminating exhibition chronicles the struggles and achievements of the Jewish people over a span of 4,000 years. 

Forest, For the Trees

Thursdays and weekends, January 15–25*, except January 18 *Revised dates

Wander through an “old-growth forest” comprised of colorful fiber-based materials in the site-specific exhibition Forest, For the Trees. In celebration of the Jewish holiday Tu B’Shevat (“New Year of the Trees”), Yarn Bombing Los Angeles (YBLA) and the Arroyo Arts Collective transform the Skirball’s Family Art Studio into a fanciful yarn forest that highlights the diversity and beauty of one of Earth’s most important and threatened habitats. Visitors of all ages are invited to make leaves out of felt and add them to the forest.

Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution

May 7–October 11, 2015

Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution is the first comprehensive retrospective about the life and career of legendary rock impresario Bill Graham (1931–1991). Recognized as one of the most influential concert promoters in history, Graham conceived of rock & roll as a powerful force for supporting humanitarian causes and was instrumental in the production of milestone benefit concerts such as Live Aid and Human Rights Now! As a promoter and manager, he worked with the biggest names in rock, including The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Led Zeppelin, and The Rolling Stones.

Rock ’N’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip

March 24–August 16, 2015

Featuring stunning photographs of hand-painted billboards that dominated the Los Angeles landscape for almost two decades, Rock N’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip brings to life a unique period in the history of rock ’n’ roll and the fabled Sunset Strip, whose nightclubs were the birthplace of rock ’n’ roll royalty. Photographer Robert Landau traces the billboard phenomenon from the breakthrough promotion for the debut album by The Doors in 1967 to the advent of MTV in the 1980s, which signaled the end of an era.

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