Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope

Thursday, January 21, 2021 - Monday, May 31, 2021
Daniel McDowell, a war veteran
Daniel McDowell, a war veteran
© Photo by Lynsey Addario

Facing a changing labor market and diminishing opportunities, individuals and families across the United States are struggling to survive in the world’s wealthiest country.

Based on the New York Times book by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalists Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the online exhibition Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope takes a humane approach to understanding America’s most complex problems, including the opioid epidemic, the prison industrial complex, and a lack of affordable healthcare. Through the stories of people in both urban and rural communities, Tightrope shines a light on the trials and triumphs of a nation in need.

Featuring more than twenty-five images by acclaimed photojournalist Lynsey Addario, the exhibition invites us to take an unflinching look at crises hiding in plain sight. Experience the exhibition’s vivid storytelling, then get involved with organizations offering viable solutions to overcome a half-century of policy failure and transform the lives of Americans reaching for hope.

Online Exhibition
January 21–May 31, 2021

About the sponsor:
The Skirball Cultural Center is a place of meeting guided by the Jewish tradition of welcoming the stranger and inspired by the American democratic ideals of freedom and equality. We welcome people of all communities and generations to participate in cultural experiences that celebrate discovery and hope, foster human connections, and call upon us to help build a more just society.

Open to the public since 1996, the Skirball has established itself as one of the world's most dynamic Jewish cultural institutions and among the leading cultural venues in Los Angeles.