The exhibit features a host of RBG-inspired works by artists like Maira Kalman, Roxana Alger Geffen and Ari Richter. Shown here is the Adam Johnson-created image that appeared on the Notorious RBG book cover.
[Editor's note: Due to COVID-19, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is currently closed. Check ilholocaustmuseum.org for updates.] In 2015, a tongue-in-cheek tome dubbed Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg hit shelves and flung the octogenarian Supreme Court justice into the cultural zeitgeist. Now, the museum exhibition it inspired makes its Midwest premiere at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center. “The exhibition humanizes this person who has become an icon,” says museum CEO Susan Abrams. “It marries the personal side—insight into her life and psyche and motivation—with the professional. You see RBG’s coming-of-age as an equal rights advocate; you watch as she develops her voice.” Guests can play dress-up with decorative jabots like the ones that have become an RBG signature, watch early home videos of Ginsburg and her family, and immerse themselves in 3D re-creations of important places from the justice’s life. An impressive roster of programs even boasts a talk with Ginsburg’s Chicago-based son, James. “RBG is one of the most exciting examples of an upstander who used her voice and the choices she made to change our world for the better,” Abrams says. “The exhibition answers the question: ‘What can one person do?’” Through Aug. 16, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie
Photography by: Notorious RBG book cover illustration by Adam Johnson/courtesy of HarperCollins (crown © by Hurst Photo/Shutterstock; Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States)