The following Skirball Cultural Center exhibitions are now available for travel. For further information,
including space requirements, availability dates, and other specifications, please review the individual exhibitions listed below.
For additional information, contact Michele Urton, Exhibition Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the first-ever retrospective about the trailblazing associate justice and cultural icon, based on the popular Tumblr and bestselling book of the same name by journalist Irin Carmon and attorney Shana Knizhnik. Exploring the American judicial system through the lens of one of its sharpest legal minds, the exhibition takes an entertaining yet rigorous look at Justice Ginsburg’s life and work—in particular the efforts she joined to protect civil rights and expand equal opportunity for all Americans. Through archival photographs and documents, historical artifacts, contemporary art, media stations, and gallery interactives, the exhibition spans RBG’s varied roles as student, life partner, mother, lawyer, judge, women’s rights pioneer, and Internet phenomenon.
National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, PA, October 4, 2019–January 13, 2020
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, Skokie, IL, February 9–January 10, 2021
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, Cleveland, IL, Spring 2021
New York Historical Society, New York, NY, Fall 2021
Additional venues may be announced.
Notorious RBG book cover illustration and title treatment by Adam Johnson. Courtesy of HarperCollins. Photographs: Crown © by Hurst Photo/Shutterstock; Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich
Rudi Gernreich (1922–1985) was more than one of the most prominent fashion designers of his time. His body of work shows how he conceived of fashion as a liberating force—a platform for innovative design that challenged conventional notions of beauty, identity, and gender. The first exhibition to focus on the social and cultural impact of the Los Angeles designer’s vision, Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich will feature more than eighty ensembles—including the topless swimsuit, the thong, unisex clothing, and pantsuits for women—along with original sketches, letters and personal papers, photographs, press clippings, and newly filmed oral histories of friends and colleagues.
Peggy Moffitt modeling trompe l’oeil jumpsuit by Rudi Gernreich, Spring/Summer 1972.Photograph © William Claxton, LLC, courtesy of DemontPhoto Management & Fahey/Klein Gallery Los Angeles, with permission of the Rudi Gernreich trademark.
El Sueño Americano | The American Dream: Photographs by Tom Kiefer
This exhibition features more than 100 photographs from artist Tom Kiefer's ongoing project of the same name. Responding to the dehumanizing treatment migrants face in detention, Kiefer has carefully arranged and photographed the personal belongings of migrants that were seized and trashed by border officials in Ajo, Arizona—objects deemed “potentially lethal” or “non-essential." Moved by the untold stories these objects embody—including items crucial for sustenance, hygiene, and comfort—Kiefer commemorates them in photographs akin to portraits and in so doing preserves traces of human journeys cut short. According to the Washington Post, "The items seem inconsequential, but the story they tell is anything but." Also on view is a video interview with the artist and Dora Rodriguez, a migrants’ rights activist who crossed the border in 1980.
Image © Tom Kiefer. Cynthia’s CD Collection, 2017. Redux Pictures.
“I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli
Exploring how American Jews imported traditions, adapted culture, and built community through the experience of food, “I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli reveals how delicatessens became cornerstones of American Jewish food culture during the past century. By sharing the history of deli, the exhibition traces how delis evolved from specialty stores catering to immigrant populations into beloved national institutions. On view will be neon signs, menus, advertisements, fixtures, packaging, and photographs, while lively interactives invite visitors to engage with each other and connect with their own memories of deli.
Carnegie Deli in New York, New York. Photo by Ei Katsumata / Alamy Stock Photo.
Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution
Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution is the first comprehensive retrospective about the life and career of legendary rock impresario Bill Graham (1931–1991). Recognized as one of the most influential concert promoters in history, Graham launched the careers of countless rock & roll legends in the ’60s at his famed Fillmore Auditorium. He conceived of rock & roll as a powerful force for supporting humanitarian causes and was instrumental in the production of milestone benefit concerts such as Live Aid (1985) and Human Rights Now! (1988). As a promoter and manager, he worked with the biggest names in rock & roll, including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones.
Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA, March 17–July 5, 2016
National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, PA, September 15, 2016–January 16, 2017
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, Skokie, IL, July 16–November 12, 2017
Florida Holocaust Museum, St. Petersburg, FL, August 18, 2018–June 30, 2019
New York Historical Society, New York, NY, February 14, 2020–January 3, 2021
Additional venues may be announced.
Robert Altman, "Bill Graham enlightens Beach Boys Management—'Your band is late.'" Berkeley Coliseum Stadium, Berkeley CA, June 1971. Photo courtesy of Robert Altman.