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Skirball Cultural Center

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

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


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. 

Some of the works touched upon include films such as Chinatown (1974), Blade Runner (1982), and Brick (2006); comics such as Luke Cage Noir and Spider-Man Noir; and pieces by artists Cindy Sherman and Ed Ruscha.

In thematic sections on “Language,” “The City,” “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. Additional participatory gallery activities include an opportunity for visitors to write their own noir narratives using a typewriter in the gallery or to try on costumes and interact with props against classic noir backdrops. 


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