Exhibitions at the Skirball
On view now through May 11, 2014
Dan Reisinger (b. 1934) is one of Israel’s design pioneers, known internationally for his innovative use of symbols and vibrant visual language. This exhibition presents a selection of his iconic posters spanning the past fifty years, including posters of social and political protest (1963–1993), advertisements commissioned by the airline El Al (1968–1972), and a recent series focused on the changing architectural landscape of Tel Aviv (2012). Reisinger, who also created a fifty-meter-long wall relief for the Moshe Safdie–designed Yad Vashem Holocaust History Museum in Israel, is known for producing work that conveys “maximum meaning” by “minimum means.”
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.
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.
April 10–September 7, 2014
Enter the evocative world of the groundbreaking children’s book author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats in this exhibition, featuring more than eighty original works by the artist. Ranging from preliminary sketches and “dummies,” or preparatory books, to final paintings and collages, the works displayed in The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats explore a life and career that became an inspiration for generations of readers.
May 13–October 12, 2014
The Skirball Cultural Center is pleased to present an exhibition project with the Los Angeles–based art collaborative Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young). The name is derived from a passage in the book of Leviticus: “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap all the way to the edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest. You shall not pick your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger.” Fallen Fruit’s community-based projects use fruit as a medium to explore social engagement. The themes of generosity and sharing that guide their work align with the Skirball’s mission of hospitality, equality, and civility.
September 23, 2014–March 1, 2015
Hollywood’s film history is a Jewish and an American story alike. The exhibition Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933–1950 highlights the émigré actors, directors, writers, and composers who were refugees from Nazi persecution in Europe—exploring the origins of their exclusion from the German film industry and focusing on their subsequent contributions to American cinema and culture.
October 14, 2014–late May 2015
Café Vienne is an installation designed by Austrian artist Isa Rosenberger (b. 1969) that transforms the Skirball’s Ruby Gallery into a setting reminiscent of a Viennese café house from the early twentieth century.
October 28, 2014–March 1, 2015
The Noir Effect complements the exhibition Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933–1950 by exploring how the film noir genre gave rise to major trends in American popular culture, art, and media. Content includes examples from noir-inspired film and television, graphic novels and children’s books, games, contemporary art, and photography.