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a smile, they said

A Project by Antje Schiffers and Thomas Sprenger

April 4, 2013–January 12, 2014



ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Berlin-based artists Antje Schiffers and Thomas Sprenger created a site-specific mural as a result of their two-week residency at the Skirball. The large-scale wall painting, which graced the walls of the Ruby Gallery, was based on the artists’ exploration of expressions and experiences of welcoming across the diverse Skirball community.

Watch a behind-the-scenes video about the mural:

 

Everyone is welcome at the Skirball Cultural Center, yet every encounter is unique, inflected by culture, age, and origin. This was the theme of a smile, they said, a site-specific mural created by Antje Schiffers and Thomas Sprenger as part of their Let Me Show You Around project.

For the project, Schiffers and Sprenger were in residence at the Skirballfor two weeks. During their stay, they interviewed members of the Skirball community about ideas of welcome. In their discussions with the artists,staff, docents, and volunteers shared a diverse array of images ranging from penguins to patio chairs to challah bread. Some participants spoke of paradisiacal landscapes, others referred to American customs as well as rituals rooted in Jewish tradition. Out of these plural expressions the artists developed the piece a smile, they said, a blend of wall art, paintings on wood, and text.

The result was a fascinating composite of more than eighty distinct voices unified into one.


SPONSORS

THIS EXHIBITION AND ITS RELATED PROGRAM WERE MADE POSSIBLE IN PART BY SUPPORT FROM:

Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany Los Angeles

Katharina and Thierry Leduc

 



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