For those who know him as a filmmaker, Stanley Kubrick’s early career as a photojournalist is a revelation. In 1945, the future director of such classic works as 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and A Clockwork Orange (1971) was just a teenager—but one with an uncanny photographic sensibility, who was already scouting human-interest stories for Look magazine. Explore this formative phase in the career of one of the twentieth century’s most influential figures in cinematic history.
How we treat the most vulnerable—including immigrants seeking a better life—defines our character as a nation. Drawn from the photographic series of the same name, El Sueño Americano / The American Dream: Photographs by Tom Kiefer asks us to consider how we treat immigrants as a reflection of who we are and who we want to be as Americans. Responding to the dehumanizing treatment immigrants face in detention, Kiefer carefully arranged and photographed objects seized and discarded by border officials—objects deemed “potentially lethal” or “non-essential” among a variety of belongings crucial for sustenance, hygiene, protection, comfort, and emotional strength.
Take a delicious bite into the history and culture of Jews in America. 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, evolving from specialty stores catering to immigrant populations into beloved national institutions.
Fifty years after a show with modest ratings called Star Trek first aired, its stories continue to echo worldwide. Its famous opening line, “To boldly go where no one has gone before,” encapsulates the heart of this iconic series: the dare to hope for a better world. Coming to the Skirball in spring/summer 2020, this fully immersive exhibition will showcase Star Trek’s significant impact on culture, art, and technology through more than 100 rare artifacts, set pieces, and props, plus state-of-the art photo and video interactives.