Skirball Cultural Center

Skirball Cultural Center Welcome! The Skirball Cultural Center is a museum and cultural center in Los Angeles with exciting exhibitions, programs, classes, and more. The Skirball Cultural Center is a place of meeting guided by the Jewish tradition of welcoming the stranger and inspired by the American democratic ideals of freedom and equality.
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We welcome people of all communities and generations to participate in cultural experiences that celebrate discovery and hope, foster human connections, and call upon us to help build a more just society. Open to the public since 1996, the Skirball has established itself as one of the world's most dynamic Jewish cultural institutions and among the leading cultural venues in Los Angeles. Come visit soon!

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LEGO®s are a symbol of playfulness, which is what inspired Ai Weiwei to incorporate them into "Trace." Their nature of m...
07/23/2021

LEGO®s are a symbol of playfulness, which is what inspired Ai Weiwei to incorporate them into "Trace." Their nature of mass production offered a way for Ai Weiwei to address the dichotomy between the individual and the collective in this work.

You have until Aug 1 to see "Ai Weiwei: Trace" in person! Pro tip: if you're able to come visit, it's worth the trip! Seeing the texture of the LEGOs and details of each portrait up close is quite the experience. Advance reservations required. https://www.skirball.org/exhibitions/ai-weiwei-trace

LEGO®s are a symbol of playfulness, which is what inspired Ai Weiwei to incorporate them into "Trace." Their nature of mass production offered a way for Ai Weiwei to address the dichotomy between the individual and the collective in this work.

You have until Aug 1 to see "Ai Weiwei: Trace" in person! Pro tip: if you're able to come visit, it's worth the trip! Seeing the texture of the LEGOs and details of each portrait up close is quite the experience. Advance reservations required. https://www.skirball.org/exhibitions/ai-weiwei-trace

During your next visit, we invite you to honor the memory of a loss, any loss, that you are grieving. Evoking the Jewish...
07/21/2021

During your next visit, we invite you to honor the memory of a loss, any loss, that you are grieving. Evoking the Jewish tradition of leaving a stone at a gravesite in memory of a loved one, you are welcome to dedicate and place a visitation stone in a collective outdoor display.

This meaningful expression of grief is part of a special installation titled "Sustain: From Loss to Renewal." Presented in three phases, this original Skirball project was created in response to the COVID-19 crisis and turns to Jewish traditions of mourning and the Los Angeles art community to guide us through our collective experience and help us move forward: https://www.skirball.org/exhibitions/sustain-loss-renewal.

During your next visit, we invite you to honor the memory of a loss, any loss, that you are grieving. Evoking the Jewish tradition of leaving a stone at a gravesite in memory of a loved one, you are welcome to dedicate and place a visitation stone in a collective outdoor display.

This meaningful expression of grief is part of a special installation titled "Sustain: From Loss to Renewal." Presented in three phases, this original Skirball project was created in response to the COVID-19 crisis and turns to Jewish traditions of mourning and the Los Angeles art community to guide us through our collective experience and help us move forward: https://www.skirball.org/exhibitions/sustain-loss-renewal.

Part of our Archaeology Dig has been transformed into "The Future Pit!" Now through Aug 1, journey into the future and d...
07/14/2021

Part of our Archaeology Dig has been transformed into "The Future Pit!" Now through Aug 1, journey into the future and dig for artifacts that twenty-first century people left behind for you to discover. Learn more: https://www.skirball.org/programs/family-programs/future-pit.

Visit this interactive installation when you come for Noah's Outdoor Explorers, our fun-filled family experience. Advance reservations required.

"The Future Pit" is presented in association with CAP UCLA’s presentation of Robin Frohardt’s The Plastic Bag Store.

Part of our Archaeology Dig has been transformed into "The Future Pit!" Now through Aug 1, journey into the future and dig for artifacts that twenty-first century people left behind for you to discover. Learn more: https://www.skirball.org/programs/family-programs/future-pit.

Visit this interactive installation when you come for Noah's Outdoor Explorers, our fun-filled family experience. Advance reservations required.

"The Future Pit" is presented in association with CAP UCLA’s presentation of Robin Frohardt’s The Plastic Bag Store.

Here's a sustainable art project that doubles as a great outdoor activity for the whole family: create a jump rope from ...
07/10/2021

Here's a sustainable art project that doubles as a great outdoor activity for the whole family: create a jump rope from plastic bags you already have at home! In honor of Plastic Free July, think about ways you can positively impact the world by reducing plastic waste in your home and community. Create your own upcycled jump rope: https://www.skirball.org/family-activities/upcycled-jump-ropes.

What is Plastic Free July? It's a global movement helping millions of people to be part of the solution to plastic pollution by choosing to refuse single-use plastics.

**UPDATE: Ticket reservations for all concerts are now sold out. Stay tuned and check our website in the coming weeks fo...
07/07/2021

**UPDATE: Ticket reservations for all concerts are now sold out. Stay tuned and check our website in the coming weeks for potential ticket releases. Thank you, LA!**

Today's the day! Ticket reservations for this year's Sunset Concerts at the Skirball are now open. Save your spot* for these FREE concerts under the stars: http://bit.ly/sunsetconcerts.

2021 lineup:
Quetzal | Aug 5
Run River North | Aug 12
The Delirians | Aug 19
Extra Ancestral | Aug 26

*Advance reservations required.

**UPDATE: Ticket reservations for all concerts are now sold out. Stay tuned and check our website in the coming weeks for potential ticket releases. Thank you, LA!**

Today's the day! Ticket reservations for this year's Sunset Concerts at the Skirball are now open. Save your spot* for these FREE concerts under the stars: http://bit.ly/sunsetconcerts.

2021 lineup:
Quetzal | Aug 5
Run River North | Aug 12
The Delirians | Aug 19
Extra Ancestral | Aug 26

*Advance reservations required.

Never too young to be fans of Ai Weiwei (and museums)! | Photo by janettejwright on IG
06/30/2021

Never too young to be fans of Ai Weiwei (and museums)! | Photo by janettejwright on IG

Never too young to be fans of Ai Weiwei (and museums)! | Photo by janettejwright on IG

What's summertime without some sand?? 🏖 Well, while we might not have the ocean paired with our sand experience, when yo...
06/30/2021

What's summertime without some sand?? 🏖 Well, while we might not have the ocean paired with our sand experience, when you come for the family program Noah's Outdoor Explorers, you'll have a chance to visit our popular Archaeology Dig (and then cool off in the Rainbow Mist Arbor)! Little ones will delight in sifting and sorting to find replicas of ancient artifacts buried beneath the sand and discovering what we have in common with people who lived three thousand years ago.

And starting tomorrow, Jun 30, in association with CAP UCLA’s presentation of Robin Frohardt’s "The Plastic Bag Store," families visiting the Dig can participate in an interactive installation. In "The Future Pit," take an imaginative journey into the future and uncover artifacts that the people of the twenty-first century have left behind for future generations to discover. https://www.skirball.org/programs/family-programs/archaeology-dig

What's summertime without some sand?? 🏖 Well, while we might not have the ocean paired with our sand experience, when you come for the family program Noah's Outdoor Explorers, you'll have a chance to visit our popular Archaeology Dig (and then cool off in the Rainbow Mist Arbor)! Little ones will delight in sifting and sorting to find replicas of ancient artifacts buried beneath the sand and discovering what we have in common with people who lived three thousand years ago.

And starting tomorrow, Jun 30, in association with CAP UCLA’s presentation of Robin Frohardt’s "The Plastic Bag Store," families visiting the Dig can participate in an interactive installation. In "The Future Pit," take an imaginative journey into the future and uncover artifacts that the people of the twenty-first century have left behind for future generations to discover. https://www.skirball.org/programs/family-programs/archaeology-dig

🌈 Rainbows are symbols of hope, resilience, and new beginnings in the flood stories we tell at the Skirball. They are al...
06/26/2021

🌈 Rainbows are symbols of hope, resilience, and new beginnings in the flood stories we tell at the Skirball. They are also a symbol of LGBTQ pride, reflecting both the diversity and unity of the community. You can catch glimpses of these joyous symbols year-round at the Skirball, currently during the family experience Noah's Outdoor Explorers, as cheerful reminders of welcome and belonging. Happy Pride Month 🏳️‍🌈

🌈 Rainbows are symbols of hope, resilience, and new beginnings in the flood stories we tell at the Skirball. They are also a symbol of LGBTQ pride, reflecting both the diversity and unity of the community. You can catch glimpses of these joyous symbols year-round at the Skirball, currently during the family experience Noah's Outdoor Explorers, as cheerful reminders of welcome and belonging. Happy Pride Month 🏳️‍🌈

If you look closely at the striking wallpaper that complements "Ai Weiwei: Trace," you'll see a reflection of the artist...
06/24/2021

If you look closely at the striking wallpaper that complements "Ai Weiwei: Trace," you'll see a reflection of the artist himself amongst all of the hidden iconography. Titled "The Animal That Looks Like a Llama but Is Really an Alpaca," the wallpaper also features alpacas—a mascot for freedom of expression in Chinese internet culture. In the second photo, can you find the alpacas? What other hidden objects are you able to identify?

"Ai Weiwei: Trace" is on view through Aug 1 with advance reservations. Reservations are available for two weeks at a time with new reservations opening every other Tuesday. Learn more: https://www.skirball.org/exhibitions/ai-weiwei-trace.

06/23/2021
Noah's Ark at the Skirball: The Art of Imagination—Storytelling and Mindfulness videos for young learners

School’s out, but learning never stops! Bring the messages of our imaginative children’s destination into your home with storytelling and mindfulness videos for young learners that are part of Noah's Ark at the Skirball: The Art of Imagination, now a 2021 Superintendent's Award winner for Excellence in Museum Education! This suite of FREE educational resources was co-developed with our Teacher Advisory Council and invites Pre-K through Grade 5 students to take part in a timeless story of weathering storms, fostering community, and building a better world.

Thank you to California Department of Education, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, and California Association of Museums for honoring The Art of Imagination as one of five recipients of this year's Superintendent's Award!

We are pleased to announce the return of our FREE summertime live music series, Sunset Concerts at the Skirball! The 202...
06/22/2021

We are pleased to announce the return of our FREE summertime live music series, Sunset Concerts at the Skirball! The 2021 lineup features local musicians that represent our dynamic, multicultural city: Quetzal (Aug 5), Run River North (Aug 12), The Delirians (Aug 19), and Extra Ancestral (Aug 26). Stay tuned! Reservations open Jul 7 at 10:00 am. https://www.skirball.org/programs/sunset-concerts

We are pleased to announce the return of our FREE summertime live music series, Sunset Concerts at the Skirball! The 2021 lineup features local musicians that represent our dynamic, multicultural city: Quetzal (Aug 5), Run River North (Aug 12), The Delirians (Aug 19), and Extra Ancestral (Aug 26). Stay tuned! Reservations open Jul 7 at 10:00 am. https://www.skirball.org/programs/sunset-concerts

Pursuing justice and honoring memory are two of the Skirball Cultural Center's essential Jewish values. These are echoed...
06/19/2021

Pursuing justice and honoring memory are two of the Skirball Cultural Center's essential Jewish values. These are echoed in the celebration of Juneteenth. Today we commemorate the end of chattel slavery in the United States while grappling with continued injustice and turmoil. Anti-Black racism, anti-Asian hate, anti-Semitism, anti-trans violence, bigotry, and xenophobia are all chronic problems in the history of our nation and affect people throughout our community.

In Jewish tradition, the story of the Exodus is retold each year. In the telling, we are all invited to experience that ancient liberation as our own—to see ourselves as if we too went forth from bo***ge. That story has not ended; it has only begun. We enthusiastically join the call for complete Black liberation, including for Black Americans who are part of the Jewish community. True liberation is not complete until we are all free from oppression.

Pursuing justice and honoring memory are two of the Skirball Cultural Center's essential Jewish values. These are echoed in the celebration of Juneteenth. Today we commemorate the end of chattel slavery in the United States while grappling with continued injustice and turmoil. Anti-Black racism, anti-Asian hate, anti-Semitism, anti-trans violence, bigotry, and xenophobia are all chronic problems in the history of our nation and affect people throughout our community.

In Jewish tradition, the story of the Exodus is retold each year. In the telling, we are all invited to experience that ancient liberation as our own—to see ourselves as if we too went forth from bo***ge. That story has not ended; it has only begun. We enthusiastically join the call for complete Black liberation, including for Black Americans who are part of the Jewish community. True liberation is not complete until we are all free from oppression.

Spectrum News 1 SoCal highlights the exhibition "Ai Weiwei Trace:" "The juxtaposition of the innocence of the Lego and t...
06/19/2021
'Ai Weiwei: Trace' pays tribute to those who have stood up to injustice

Spectrum News 1 SoCal highlights the exhibition "Ai Weiwei Trace:" "The juxtaposition of the innocence of the Lego and the seriousness of the subjects sends a powerful message, [Skirball Curator Yael] Lipschutz explained.

“'To use Legos to highlight human rights is something that is subversive and I think powerful,' she said, '... It's an opportunity to learn about struggles that we're not familiar with, around the world, and I think an opportunity to reflect on what we can do as citizens of this planet.'"

The Skirball Cultural Center welcomes visitors back

Introducing the Skirball Teen Zine! Over the last year, since they were not able to meet in person, members of the Skirb...
06/18/2021

Introducing the Skirball Teen Zine! Over the last year, since they were not able to meet in person, members of the Skirball Teen Council worked together to create a digital zine focusing on their experiences in quarantine and reflections on their roles as volunteers with the Skirball. What is the Skirball Teen Council? It's a group of creative and dedicated volunteers who work with Skirball team members to produce programs for teens inspired by the Skirball’s exhibitions and values. For this project, the Council worked with teaching artist Daisy Noemi to learn about the history of zine making and their power to create social change using the medium. Each teen was sent an art supply kit and they began with making self-portraits using collage art. Through this opportunity, we are excited to be able to amplify youth voices and provide an experience-processing outlet through collaborative art and media making. Enjoy some sneak peeks of the Skirball Teen Zine here, and enjoy the full zine and an accompanying playlist here: https://www.skirball.org/education/teen-council.

Wedding season is here and it's a stunner! With our dedicated observance of current public-health guidelines, guests and...
06/12/2021

Wedding season is here and it's a stunner! With our dedicated observance of current public-health guidelines, guests and happy couples alike will enjoy receptions to the fullest in our spectacular event spaces. http://bit.ly/plan-skirball-event

Wedding season is here and it's a stunner! With our dedicated observance of current public-health guidelines, guests and happy couples alike will enjoy receptions to the fullest in our spectacular event spaces. http://bit.ly/plan-skirball-event

Did you know that each LEGO® portrait in "Ai Weiwei: Trace" consists of up to ten thousand bricks? Gain insights like th...
06/11/2021

Did you know that each LEGO® portrait in "Ai Weiwei: Trace" consists of up to ten thousand bricks? Gain insights like this plus hear biographies of the portrait subjects, commentary from Ai Weiwei, and more with our exhibition mobile guide. Use it to enhance your in-person gallery experience or to learn more about the exhibition before or after your visit: https://skirballtrace.oncell.com/. | Photo by thefamilysavvy on IG

Did you know that each LEGO® portrait in "Ai Weiwei: Trace" consists of up to ten thousand bricks? Gain insights like this plus hear biographies of the portrait subjects, commentary from Ai Weiwei, and more with our exhibition mobile guide. Use it to enhance your in-person gallery experience or to learn more about the exhibition before or after your visit: https://skirballtrace.oncell.com/. | Photo by thefamilysavvy on IG

The Skirball outdoors is a picturesque, lovely walking experience. Did you know that it is also full of fun things to ex...
06/11/2021

The Skirball outdoors is a picturesque, lovely walking experience. Did you know that it is also full of fun things to explore and discover, especially if you're a young child? Starting Jun 15, every can join us for an in-person experience called Noah's Outdoor Explorers, which invites littles and their grown-ups to spend time enjoying our outdoor pathways and green spaces. Examine diverse plant life, walk through the whimsical Rainbow Mist Arbor, contribute to a community art project, hear a timeless flood story, and be inspired by the values and messages of Noah’s Ark. Advance timed-entry reservations for all are available now: https://www.skirball.org/programs/family-programs/noahs-outdoor-explorers.

This program takes place outdoors at the Skirball. Please note that the Noah's Ark galleries remain temporarily closed until further notice.

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2701 N Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
90049

Metro Rapid Bus 734 or Metro Local 234; FREE on-site parking!

General information

MUSEUM ADMISSION All exhibitions are included with Museum admission. $12 General | $9 Seniors, Full-Time Students, and Children over 12 | $7 Children 2–12 | FREE to Skirball Members and Children under 2 | FREE to all on Thursdays* Note: Advance tickets to Noah’s Ark are highly recommended on weekends and during school breaks, including for Skirball Members. *Tickets on free Thursdays are first-come, first-served only (no advance tickets), subject to availability.

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