Preparators installing Trace

Go behind-the-scenes as members of the Skirball’s curatorial team share fascinating insights about some of our exhibitions.


  • Photo of Stephanie Mercado in her studio

    Artist Q&A: Stephanie Mercado

    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.

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    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.

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  • 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 exhibition of her work, 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.

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    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 DeliTogether 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.

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