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Skirball Cultural Center

Member Preview Day—Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare and Peter Krasnow: Breathing Joy and Light


Key art for Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare showing a black director's chair under a red light next to a colorful painting with yellow, green, pink, and blue shapes creating two hands joining

Right to left: Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare; Peter Krasnow, K.-16-1964 (Two Brothers) (detail), 1964. Oil on board. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Krasnow. Skirball Cultural Center. Photo by Robert Wedemeyer.

Date and Time

Wednesday, May 3, 12:00–5:00 pm
Curator talk at 2:00 pm

Pricing and Details


  • FREE and open to Members
  • Advance reservations required for the talk

If you are only visiting the galleries and not attending the curator talk, you do not need to book an advance reservation.

A short wait may occur if the galleries reach capacity. There are no indoor tours on this day.

About the Program

Celebrate the arrival of the Skirball’s spring exhibitions a day before they open to the public!

  • Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare explores this defining moment in American history and its contemporary implications for civil liberties, propaganda, and shifting definitions of patriotism. See film costumes, posters, artwork, and Oscar® statuettes, and learn the stories of the people caught in the crosshairs of the blacklist.
  • Peter Krasnow: Breathing Joy and Light is made up of paintings from the Skirball’s vast collection of work by the Ukrainian American artist. Spend time appreciating the bright colors and abstract symmetries of Krasnow’s works, which are inspired by Jewish folklore and the distinct light and plant life of his Los Angeles home and studio.

Need to join or renew? Memberships purchased or renewed/upgraded online are in effect immediately. Visit skirball.org/join.

Register for the 2:00 pm Curator Talk

Enjoy an impactful and lively conversation between Skirball Curator Cate Thurston and Ellie Gettinger, the originating curator of Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare. And hear from Skirball Curator Laura Mart as she provides insights about Peter Krasnow: Breathing Joy and Light, Krasnow's backstory, and his significance in the Southern California art scene.

Tickets for the curator talk are limited to 2 tickets per membership or 4 for Family Plus Members and above. Your gallery entry will be included. Please call (310) 440-4526 or email membership@skirball.org for assistance. 

Make a Day of It!

*Café reservations are required for Member Preview Day. Email zeidlerscafe@skirball.org or call (310) 440-4515.

Donor Support

Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare and its related educational programs at the Skirball Cultural Center are made possible by generous support from the following donors:

The Stanley and Joyce Black Family Foundation
Stephanie and Harold Bronson
The Keston Family
In Memory of George Litto by Andria Litto
TZ Projects & Friends
Peter and Julie Weil

Peter Krasnow: Breathing Joy and Light and its related educational programs at the Skirball Cultural Center are made possible by generous support from the following donor:

Skirball Cultural Center Volunteer Service Council

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