Experience Unity Through Art: Skirball Cultural Center’s Common Ground Exhibition

The Skirball Cultural Center unveils “Common Ground,” a groundbreaking exhibition by LA-based artist Adam Silverman, celebrating the rich tapestry of American diversity through an extraordinary ceramic collection. This major new addition to the Skirball’s permanent collection, on display now through January 5, 2025, features 224 unique ceramic pieces, each a testament to the unity and pluralism of America.

Crafted with organic materials sourced from every state, Washington D.C., and the five U.S. territories, Common Ground represents a collaboration involving nearly one hundred participants nationwide. The materials – clay, water, and wood ash – blend seamlessly to form a unified material, symbolically erasing state borders and reimagining the nation as a singular entity. The result? An exquisite set of tableware: 56 plates, 56 bowls, 56 cups, and 56 ceremonial pots, each distinct yet harmoniously similar, much like the people of the United States.

“The only thing you need to do to be qualified to touch this work of art is eat. It’s radically inclusive,” says Jessie Kornberg, President and CEO of the Skirball Cultural Center. Adam Silverman’s year-long residency as the Skirball’s Artist in Residence will not only showcase his work but also foster community engagement and dialogue.

In partnership with foodways scholar Dr. Scott Alves Barton, executive chef Sean Sheridan, and local culinary talents, the Skirball will host a series of communal gatherings. These events, leveraging the universal language of food, aim to bridge cultural and political divides. Museum Director Sheri Bernstein emphasizes the exhibition’s timeliness, “In presenting Common Ground, we hope to help bridge differences by bringing people together through food.”

Adam Silverman, reflecting on his partnership with the Skirball, remarks, “I’m thrilled to be spending 2024 as Artist in Residence, introducing visitors to Common Ground and showing the richness that comes from celebrating our diversity and commonality.”

Located in the Ruby Commons, adjacent to Zeidler’s Cafe, Common Ground is not just an exhibition but a journey into the heart of American plurality, offering a unique blend of art, culture, and culinary experiences. Don’t miss this chance to engage with a masterpiece that redefines the art of community.

For More Information Visit skirball.org

Location: Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles
Phone: (310) 440-4500
Hours: Tuesday–Friday: 12-5 p.m. 
Saturday–Sunday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 

Closed Mondays and the following dates:

  • Tuesday, March 19, 2024
  • Wednesday, June 19, 2024 
  • Thursday, July 4, 2024 
  • Thursday, October 3, 2024 
  • Saturday, October 12, 2024 
  • Thursday, November 28, 2024 
  • Friday, November 29, 2024 
  • Wednesday, December 25, 2024 

Photo credits: Adam Silverman with installation of Common Ground ceremonial pots at Grace Farms, New Canaan, CT. Photo: Jacek Dolata, courtesy of Adam Silverman.


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