Skirball Cultural Center

Vision and Values: Jewish Life from Antiquity to America


Los Angeles, California

Scope of Work:

Exhibit Master Planning to Supervision of Fabrication and Installation.

Project Budget:

$5,000,000 USD


October 1995


Moshe Safdie & Associates


Maltbie Associates


Paul Heller Productions Inc.

Exhibit Area:

16,000 sq. ft. / 1,586 sq. m.

“Dear Jean: I wish I had words—in any language—to express adequately my joy in what you and your firm have achieved for the Skirball Cultural Center. I know how many obstacles you had to overcome and am so gratified that your exhibit designs have elicited rave reviews (as I’m sure they will for a long time to come).”

–Dr. Uri D. Herscher, Director, Skirball Cultural Center
The Cultural Center’s exhibit gallery envelope is a strong architectural statement. This statement determined the exhibit space organization and influenced the style of the exhibits. This quality of space demanded a sensitive approach to exhibitry, not only to harmonize with the architecture, but also to be totally integrated into the architecture itself. At the outset of any project, it is vital for us to see and experience, the content of the particular themes we will have to interpret. Before starting preliminary concepts, a tour of Jerusalem and Israel was critical to our understanding of the historical background of Jewish culture.