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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

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.

Café Vienne

Through March 10

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).

Watch this video to learn more about Isa Rosenberger’s installation concept:


The Noir Effect

Through March 1

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. 

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. 

Rock & 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, this exhibition brings to life a unique period in the history of rock & roll and the fabled Sunset Strip, whose nightclubs were the birthplace of rock & 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.

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 launched the careers of countless rock & roll legends in the 1960s at his famed Fillmore Auditorium. He 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 (1985) and Human Rights Now! (1988). 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.

The Singing Posters

May 7–August 23, 2015

Allen Ruppersberg’s installation The Singing Posters pays tribute to Allen Ginsberg’s iconic poem Howl” (1955–1956), a hallmark text of the 1950s Beat Generation. In order to reinterpret the piece for contemporary audiences, Ruppersberg transcribed the poem into phonetic spellings and printed the “new” text on approximately 200 vibrantly colored commercial advertising posters installed floor to ceiling on gallery walls. 

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