Drawing on Jewish values and tradition, the Skirball presents a wide array of public programs for people of all cultural backgrounds. Explore our upcoming offerings below and join us for experiences that promote hope, discovery, and connection.
Public Tour—Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare
Tuesday–Friday, 1:00 pm
Saturday–Sunday, 11:00 am and 1:00 pm
Join us for a docent-led tour of Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare and spend an hour with a guided exploration of the impact of this time in history and its implications for civil liberties,
propaganda, and shifting definitions of American patriotism today.
Hollywood Screenwriters: From the Blacklist to Today's WGA Strike
Sunday, June 4, 2:00 pm
Hear from film critic Ben Mankiewicz, journalist Gary Baum, film executive Franklin Leonard, documentarian Eddie Muller, and others about the critical connections between the studios’ response to labor struggles and union demands during the Blacklist and now.
Ukraine. War. Stories.
Tuesday, June 6, 7:00 pm
Actors Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy), Zachary Gordon (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Susan Sullivan (The Kominsky Method), and Steven Weber (Wings) share stories from both Germany’s invasion of Ukraine in 1941 and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine today. A conversation and Q&A follows the staged reading.
Outdoor Movies at the Skirball: Roman Holiday (1953)
Friday, June 9, 8:30 pm (doors and Museum open at 7:00 pm)
Our summer outdoor movie screenings kick off with the timeless classic Roman Holiday, ghostwritten by Hollywood Ten member Dalton Trumbo and starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck! Arrive early to catch the exhibition Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare.
Behind the Blacklist: Hollywood on Trial (1976) and Crossfire (1947)
Sunday, June 11, 11:00 am
See how prejudice manifested in the Hollywood Red Scare with a double feature that looks at antisemitism in the 1940s. In between films, hear from film historian Alan Rode and Thomas Doherty, professor of American studies at Brandeis University and cultural historian focusing on Hollywood cinema.
Outdoor Movies at the Skirball: High Noon (1952)
Friday, June 23, 8:30 pm (doors and Museum open at 7:00 pm)
Written as an allegory for the Blacklist, this nail-biter Western stars Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly as newlyweds struggling with whether to fight or flee from a band of outlaws. Arrive early to catch the exhibition Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare.
Outdoor Movies at the Skirball: The Way We Were (1973)
Friday, July 7, 8:30 pm (doors and Museum open at 7:00 pm)
Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of The Way We Were! Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford shine in this film following a leftist activist and her screenwriter husband as the Blacklist looms. Arrive early to catch the exhibition Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare.
Behind the Blacklist: Odds Against Tomorrow (1959) and Force of Evil (1948)
Sunday, July 9, 11:00 am
Check out two classic films by Blacklisted Jewish screenwriter, director, and committed Marxist, Abraham Polonsky.In between films, hear film historian Alan Rode speak with Hank Polonsky about Abraham Polonsky's experience with the Hollywood Red Scare and its impact on their family.
Behind the Blacklist: The Breaking Point (1950) and Body and Soul (1947)
Sunday, August 20, 11:00 am
Enjoy a double feature of two thrilling noirs featuring Blacklisted actor and anti-fascist activist John Garfield! In between films, hear from film historian Alan Rode.