Inside Salk; Salk Insitute

French connection

Marion Cotillard and Ronald Evans

The Salk Institute's travertine courtyard and zigzag stairwells were the backdrop for a Dior photo shoot in January featuring Academy Award-winning French actress Marion Cotillard, who modeled the fashion giant’s 2015 Fall line. The face of Dior for the past six years, Cotillard personally championed having the photo shoot at the Institute. Although she had never visited the Salk before, she became a devotee a decade ago after watching "My Architect," the film Nathaniel Kahn produced about his father, Salk architect Louis Kahn. In between changes of clothes, Cotillard was given a private tour of the Institute by Rebecca Newman, vice president of External Relations, and Anna-Marie Rooney, chief communications officer. The tour included a visit to the lab of Ronald Evans. After her day at the Salk, Cotillard wrote in an Instagram post: “It was one of my dreams to visit @SalkInstitute. Louis Kahn you are an artist and this place is an oeuvre d’art!”