Go behind-the-scenes as members of the Skirball’s curatorial team share fascinating insights about some of our exhibitions.
Artist Q&A: Stephanie Mercado
Wednesday, December 29, 2021
By Dani Killam
Stephanie Mercado is a multidisciplinary artist and art administrator born and raised in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. I caught up with Mercado to discuss the meaning, process, and inspiration behind her poster series of LA essential workers for Sustain: From Loss to Renewal, on display through March 20, 2022, at the Skirball.
Installing "Ai Weiwei: Trace"
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
By Jess Lui
Hello, Skirball friends! I’m Jess Lui, Assistant Registrar for the Skirball Cultural Center. As a registrar, I’m responsible for implementing policies and procedures relating to the maintenance of our collections and ensuring the safe handling and care of objects in the Museum. In February, I installed Ai Weiwei: Trace alongside our preparators, Scott and Michael. The exhibition features portraits created from LEGO® bricks to honor individuals from around the world who have been detained, exiled, or have sought political asylum because of their actions, beliefs, or affiliations.
Artist Q&A: Aram Han Sifuentes
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
By Laura Mart
Aram Han Sifuentes is a Chicago-based multidisciplinary artist working in fiber, performance, and social practice art. In anticipation of the Skirball’s upcoming exhibitions of her work, The Official Unofficial Voting Station: Voting for All Who Legally Can’t and Talking Back To Power: Projects by Aram Han Sifuentes, I caught up with the artist to discuss her artistic practice and how it’s informed by her experience as an immigrant and, recently, a naturalized citizen; collaboration in art, activism, and the communities she works with; and the ways art-making can help us create a more just and inclusive society.
Discovering the Jewish Deli
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
By Laura Mart and Cate Thurston
Hello from our home offices! We are Laura Mart and Cate Thurston, co-curators of the Skirball’s upcoming exhibition “I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli. Together with our fellow co-curator, food and immigration historian Lara Rabinovitch, we have spent the last two years devouring all things Jewish deli food, culture, and history.