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Following up where the exhibition Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933–1950 leaves off, The Noir Effect traces the influence of noir into more recent times, exploring how the genre has continued to impact American popular culture, art, and media. Hide full description

Through a diverse display of original work, the exhibition examines how key noir elements—stark lighting and shadows, moody characters, “hard-boiled” language, and fragmented narratives—have infiltrated contemporary film and television, graphic novels, children’s books, fashion advertising, video games, and fine art. The artists featured are Cindy Sherman, Ed Ruscha, Bill Armstrong, Helen K. Garber, Ronald Corbin, Daido Moriyama, David Lynch, Karina Nimmerfall, Jane O'Neal, Alex Prager, and ROUSE & JONES.

Enter even deeper into the world of noir through interactive gallery activities. Write your own noir story, don the accessories of a femme fatale or private detective, and play noir-inspired games such as Noir Escape and Third Eye Crime.

Organized by the Skirball Cultural Center and co-presented with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.