Attention, Skirball Members! In addition to the Members-only program(s) listed here, take advantage of Member specials, such as limited-time-only discounts, exclusive access to events around the city, and more. If you’re a Family Plus Member or above, enjoy the benefits of reciprocal memberships at more than 1,300 museums nationwide.

  • Tightrope

    Members-Only Talk—Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope

    Virtual Talk

    Wednesday, December 9, 7:30 pm (PT)

    FREE and open to Members only

    Join Skirball curator Cate Thurston for a special preview of Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope, a new online exhibition scheduled to launch in January 2021. Based on the New York Times bestselling book by journalists Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn and featuring photographs by Lynsey Addario, Tightrope illustrates the stories of everyday Americans who have fallen behind in this, the world’s wealthiest country. Told in part through the lives of people with whom Kristof grew up in rural Yamhill, Oregon, Tightrope bears witness to the resilience of the human spirit even as it chronicles the experiences of America’s working poor. In this virtual talk exclusively for Members, Thurston will share insights and images by the three Pulitzer Prize-winning contributors and discuss the process of transforming their work into a digital experience.

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  • Ai Wei Wei Trace

    Members-Only Talk—Ai Weiwei: Trace

    Virtual Talk

    Thursday, December 17, 3:00 pm (PT)

    FREE and open to Members only

    In this virtual Members-only talk, Skirball curator Yael Lipschutz previews the forthcoming exhibition Ai Weiwei: Trace, featuring more than eighty portraits by the Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei. Made from of thousands of plastic LEGO® bricks and originally assembled by hand by hundreds of volunteers, the individuals portrayed—like the artist himself—have been detained, exiled, or have sought political asylum because of their actions, beliefs, or affiliations. Lipschutz will share insights about the installation of the exhibition at the Skirball, scheduled to open on site in early 2021, and discuss the creation and history of the project.

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