Expansive Paul Simon exhibit coming to Skirball

Paul Simon exhibit 1987 by Luise Gubb (Courtesy Paul Simon Archive)

An expansive Paul Simon exhibit is coming to the Skirball Cultural Center, a modern Jewish museum located just north of Bel Air.

The exhibit is called Paul Simon: Words and Music and takes an in-depth look at Simon’s life and career, while also examining the creative process of the songwriter that penned massive hits like “The Sound of Silence,” “Mrs. Robinson,” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water”. Artifacts from Simon’s private archive will be exclusively featured in the LA exhibit, which opens April 27 and runs until September 3, 2017.

The exhibit will be organized chronologically, covering his time in Simon & Garfunkel and later his successful solo career. Also part of the exhibit is a newly-created music lab for the Skirball, as visitors to the exhibit will be able to experience some of Simon’s recordings firsthand, and even take part in a drum circle for the song “Cecilia”.

A separate event will be held Friday, May 12 at 8 PM as the Skirball will screen the Emmy-nominated documentary Under African Skies, which traces the origins and impact of Simon’s critically-acclaimed record Graceland. Prior to the screening, the public is able to enjoy rare evening museum hours and gain free admision to the Paul Simon: Words and Music exhibit.

Admission to the exhibit is included with the museum admission fee, which is $12.00 general admission, $9.00 for seniors, and $7.00 for children 2-to-12. It is free to Skirball members and free on Thursdays.


Photo courtesy of the Paul Simon Archive