Current Special Exhibitions
HOW IT IS, BUT HOW IT SHOULD BE: AN IMAGINED LIFE OUTSIDE OF GURS
July 21, 2016 – January 7, 2018
While imprisoned in Camp de Gurs in unoccupied France in 1941, a young artist named Trudl Besag made an illustrated booklet and gave it to a fellow prisoner, Rosa Hirschbruch, for her 65th birthday. The booklet, entitled So ist es, aber, so soll’s sein (How it is, but how it should be), vividly illuminates the daily life in Gurs, presents an artful and hopeful response to imprisonment, and captures the will of these prisoners to continue to dream of another life.
The exhibition How it is, but how it should be reproduces a rare and vivid artifact from our Museum collection, with translations by the artist. Additional elements tell the broader story of Camp de Gurs and of these two women.
So ist es, aber, so soll’s sein is a gift to the Illinois Holocaust Museum from Michael Froman. The exhibition and associated publication are generously underwritten by Dovie and Mike Horvitz.
We All Need Peace
Closes July 16, 2017
We need peace for the flowers. We need peace for the sky. We need peace for the children.
Through colorful, cut paper images from artist Ingrid Hess and writer Patti Vick, explore why we all need peace and find ways to be peacemakers in our world.
We All Need Peace was produced by Ingrid Hess.