Current Special Exhibitions
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Museum admission is FREE on Wednesdays throughout 2020. Tickets are required on free days.
Free days are generously supported by Rodi Glass.
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
EXTENDED THROUGH JANUARY 3, 2021
Main Special Exhibition Space
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a vibrant exploration of Justice Ginsburg’s life and her numerous, often-simultaneous roles as a student, wife, mother, lawyer, judge, women’s rights pioneer, and Internet phenomenon. The exhibition tells Ginsburg’s story using a dynamic array of gallery interactives, listening stations, archival photographs and documents, historical artifacts, and contemporary art. Based on the book and Tumblr page of the same name, Notorious RBG is the first-ever museum exhibition focused solely on the judicial icon.
Public “drop-in” virtual tours of Notorious RBG will take place on September 9 & 23 and October 7 & 21 at 10:30 AM (CDT).
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is organized and circulated by the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, California.
They Shall Be Counted: The Theresienstadt Ghetto Art of Erich Lichtblau-Leskly
EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 27, 2021
Northern Trust Gallery & The Joseph L. & Emily K. Gidwitz Memorial Foundation Gallery
They Shall Be Counted is a gallery of sketches and watercolor illustrations by Holocaust-era artist Erich Lichtblau-Leskly. Even while imprisoned within the Theresienstadt Ghetto, he managed to express himself artistically, creating breathtaking illustrations as a tribute to ghetto residents. He cut his art into pieces, out of fear for his safety, and his wife, Elsa Lichtblau, hid them under the floorboards of the ghetto barracks. He miraculously retrieved them after liberation and later re-worked the sketches into full-size watercolor illustrations. Both original sketches and full-size artworks will be on display in the exhibit.
This exhibition is on loan from Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.
Warsaw Ghetto Uprising: Virtual Exhibition
The Warsaw ghetto uprising was the largest Jewish uprising in German-occupied Europe. The fighters knew they were bound to lose, but at stake was the honor of the Jewish people. They chose to die fighting. Their courage led to numerous smaller uprisings in ghettos and concentration camps and inspired the Polish population to resist the Germans in the citywide uprising of August 1944.
This exhibition is a production of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center with assistance from the curatorial and photographic archives departments of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. All photos are courtesy United States Holocaust Memorial Museum unless otherwise noted. Source: National Archives and Records Administration, College Park.
Elements of this exhibition were generously supported by Harvey L. Miller and Jack Miller in loving memory of their parents, Ida and Ben Miller, and their brother Arnold Miller.