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Skirball Cultural Center

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

Detail from Archer Coe and the Thousand Natural Shocks, illustrations by Dan Christensen and story by Jamie S. Rich, 2014

The Noir Effect

October 23, 2014–March 1, 2015


  • Included with Museum admission:
  • $10 General
  • $7 Seniors and Full-Time Students
  • $5 Children 2–12
  • FREE to Members and Children under 2
  • FREE to all on Thursdays


Complementing Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933–1950, The Noir Effect explores how the film noir genre gave rise to major contemporary trends in American popular culture, art, and media. 


Through a "noir" lens, examine cult films such as Chinatown (1974), Blade Runner (1982), and Brick (2005); graphic novels and comics, including Luke Cage Noir and Spider-Man Noir; children’s books and games; and art and photography. The artists featured are Bill Armstrong, Ronald Corbin, Helen K. Garber, David Lynch, Karina Nimmerfall, Jane O'Neal, Alex Prager, Rouse & Jones, Ed Ruscha, and Cindy Sherman.
Focusing on key noir elements such as the city, the femme fatale, the antihero, and moral codes, The Noir Effect considers how the noir phenomenon has found creative and pervasive expression in American society and culture. Participatory gallery activities, including an opportunity to write noir narratives and try on character costumes, encourage you to reinvent noir for yourself!





For Members

Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933–1950 Member Preview Day
Drop in anytime Wednesday, October 22, 12:00–5:00 p.m.


Urban Noir: Night Photography in Los Angeles
Wednesdays, October 29–December 10, except November 26, 7:00–10:00 p.m. (6 sessions)


LACMA, the Skirball, and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences present major exhibitions of German and American cinema
August 7, 2014

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