The following Skirball Cultural Center exhibitions are now available for travel. For further information,
including space requirements, availability dates, and other specifications, please review the individual exhibitions listed below.

For additional information, contact Michele Urton, Exhibition Director, at murton@skirball.org.


  • RBG

    Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the first-ever retrospective about the trailblazing associate justice and cultural icon, based on the popular Tumblr and bestselling book of the same name by journalist Irin Carmon and attorney Shana Knizhnik. Exploring the American judicial system through the lens of one of its sharpest legal minds, the exhibition takes an entertaining yet rigorous look at Justice Ginsburg’s life and work—in particular the efforts she joined to protect civil rights and expand equal opportunity for all Americans. Through archival photographs and documents, historical artifacts, contemporary art, media stations, and gallery interactives, the exhibition spans RBG’s varied roles as student, life partner, mother, lawyer, judge, women’s rights pioneer, and Internet phenomenon.

    TOUR SCHEDULE
     

    Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA, October 19, 2018–March 10, 2019
    National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, PA, October 4, 2019–January 13, 2020
    Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, Skokie, IL, February 9, 2020–January 31, 2021
    Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, Cleveland, OH, February 21–June 20, 2021
    New York Historical Society, New York, NY, October 1, 2021–January 23, 2022
    Holocaust Museum Houston, Houston, TX, March 11–July 31, 2022
    Capital Jewish Museum, Washington, DC, September 1, 2022–May 2, 2023

    Notorious RBG book cover illustration and title treatment by Adam Johnson. Courtesy of HarperCollins. Photographs: Crown © by Hurst Photo/Shutterstock; Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States. 

  • The Jewish Deli

    “I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli

    Exploring how American Jews imported traditions, adapted culture, and built community through the experience of food, “I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli reveals how delicatessens became cornerstones of American Jewish food culture during the past century. By sharing the history of deli, the exhibition traces how delis evolved from specialty stores catering to immigrant populations into beloved national institutions. On view will be neon signs, menus, advertisements, fixtures, packaging, and photographs, while lively interactives invite visitors to engage with each other and connect with their own memories of deli.

    TOUR SCHEDULE
     

    Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA, Spring 2022
    Holocaust Museum, Houston, TX, May 4–August 13, 2023
    Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, Skokie, IL, October 22, 2023–April 14, 2024

    Carnegie Deli in New York, New York. Photo by Ei Katsumata / Alamy Stock Photo.

  • Fearless Fashion

    Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich

    Rudi Gernreich (1922–1985) was more than one of the most prominent fashion designers of his time. His body of work shows how he conceived of fashion as a liberating force—a platform for innovative design that challenged conventional notions of beauty, identity, and gender. The first exhibition to focus on the social and cultural impact of the Los Angeles designer’s vision, Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich will feature more than eighty ensembles—including the topless swimsuit, the thong, unisex clothing, and pantsuits for women—along with original sketches, letters and personal papers, photographs, press clippings, and newly filmed oral histories of friends and colleagues.

    TOUR SCHEDULE
     

    Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA, May 9–September 1, 2019
    Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ, April 7–September 26, 2021

    Peggy Moffitt modeling trompe l’oeil jumpsuit by Rudi Gernreich, Spring/Summer 1972. Photograph © William Claxton, LLC, courtesy of DemontPhoto Management & Fahey/Klein Gallery Los Angeles, with permission of the Rudi Gernreich trademark.

  • Tom Kiefer

    El Sueño Americano | The American Dream: Photographs by Tom Kiefer

    This exhibition features more than 100 photographs from artist Tom Kiefer's ongoing project of the same name. Responding to the dehumanizing treatment migrants face in detention, Kiefer has carefully arranged and photographed the personal belongings of migrants that were seized and trashed by border officials in Ajo, Arizona—objects deemed “potentially lethal” or “non-essential." Moved by the untold stories these objects embody—including items crucial for sustenance, hygiene, and comfort—Kiefer commemorates them in photographs akin to portraits and in so doing preserves traces of human journeys cut short. According to the Washington Post, "The items seem inconsequential, but the story they tell is anything but." Also on view is a video interview with the artist and Dora Rodriguez, a migrants’ rights activist who crossed the border in 1980.

    TOUR SCHEDULE
     

    Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA, October 17, 2019–March 8, 2020
    Saint Louis University Museum of Art,​ St. Louis, MO, August 10–December 31, 2021

    Image © Tom Kiefer. Cynthia’s CD Collection, 2017. Redux Pictures.