Date(s) - May 01
From March 24 through August 16, the Skirball Cultural Center presents Rock & Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip , featuring works by Los Angeles-based photographer Robert Landau. On view will be more than twenty photographs from the only extensive collection of images that capture the hand-painted, temporary billboards that lined L.A.’s fabled Sunset Strip for almost two decades. Taken when Landau was just a teen, the photographs document the emergence of an expressive art form uniquely suited to the city of L.A. and bring to life a colorful and fleeting period in American popular culture. They trace the cultural phenomenon of rock billboard advertising from its inception in 1967 – with the promotion of the Doors’ debut album – to the advent of MTV in the 1980s. The photographs also offer a glimpse into L.A.’s past, portraying both the city’s infrastructure and inhabitants at the time.