a smile, they said

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© Courtesy of the Artists and Skirball Cultural Center
a smile, they said

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
April 4th, 2013 - January 12th, 2014

san fernando valley
(310) 440-4500
Tue-Sat 12-5 Thu 12-9 Sun 11-5


Experience the site-specific mural created by Berlin-based artists Antje Schiffers and Thomas Sprenger as a result of their two-week residency at the Skirball. The large-scale wall painting, located in the Ruby Gallery, is based on the artists’ exploration of expressions and experiences of welcoming across the diverse Skirball community.

Everyone is welcome at the Skirball Cultural Center, yet every encounter is unique, inflected by culture, age, and origin. This is the theme of a smile, they said, a new site-specific mural created by Antje Schiffers and Thomas Sprenger as part of their Let Me Show You Around project.

For the project, Schiffers and Sprenger were in residence at the Skirballfor two weeks. During their stay, they interviewed members of the Skirball community about ideas of welcome. In their discussions with the artists,staff, docents, and volunteers shared a diverse array of images ranging from penguins to patio chairs to challah bread. Some participants spoke of paradisiacal landscapes, others referred to American customs as well as rituals rooted in Jewish tradition. Out of these plural expressions the artists developed the piece a smile, they said, a blend of wall art, paintings on wood, and text, on view in the Ruby Gallery, one of the Skirball’s most communal spaces.

The result is a fascinating composite of more than eighty distinct voices unified into one.