Pop for the People: Fellows Tour of the Lichtenstein Exhibit at the Skirball Center

Pop for the People: Fellows Tour of the Roy Lichtenstein Exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center

Fellows of Virginia Robinson Gardens got to see first-hand what the Skirball Cultural Center has to offer during their tour on Tuesday, February 28th. The program began with Jocelyn Tetel, VP of Advancement, greeting the group of 20 before we toured the Roy Lichtenstein exhibition “Pop for the People: Roy Lichtenstein in L.A.”

21 years since its founding, Skirball Cultural Center continues to carry out effectively its philosophy to “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.”

Bethany Montagano, Exhibition Curator, provided a thorough retrospective of the two galleries housing more than seventy works on display by the pop artist master Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) assembled from museums and private collections.

A simple definition of pop art is, “…an art movement started in the 1950’s which uses the imagery, styles and themes of advertising, mass media, and popular culture. Roy Lichtenstein is among the best known Pop Artists.”

The current exhibition is on view through March 12th. It shares how the artist contributed to a resurgence in printmaking and made fine art accessible in ways that had not been achieved before. Lichtenstein impacted the commonality of art. The exhibition highlights the artist’s relationship with Gemini G.E.L., a printmaking workshop, and how Los Angeles transformed it into a global center for printmaking and Pop Art.

After the art tour, Fellows enjoyed a delicious lunch in Skirball’s Zeidler’s Cafe. The food was enticing and arranged in a modern setting with an array of choices and friendly service, all making our time together especially nice.

Ben Elisondo, Skirball Cultural Center VP of Operations, then gave an informative tour of the grounds, gardens and architecture. Designed by Israeli-born architect Moshe Safdie, the campus of the Skirball Cultural Center gleamed on a beautiful winter day in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Some Fellows remained at the Skirball to view the permanent collection and shop in Audrey’s Museum Store featuring merchandise related to exhibitions and other art, books, toys and more.

Nobody is excluded at Skirball Cultural Center. It is a place of welcome for all people – young and old, local residents and visitors from far and wide, and people of all colors, faiths and ethnicities. As Uri Herscher, Founding President and CEO of Skirball Cultural Center, said, “The joys of life, whenever we can celebrate them, are meant to be shared by all.”

Skirball has become a special place for many lifecycle events, fundraisers, corporate gatherings and convenings of every kind. Like Virginia Robinson Gardens, the Skirball Cultural Center offers literary, visual and performing arts performances for children and adults. As Marcus Garvey said – “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” We encourage you to go and explore what the Skirball Cultural Center has to offer.

Post by Wendy Wintrob
Friends of Robinson Gardens member

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