Current Special Exhibitions
Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution
Due to popular demand, the exhibition is extended through January 7, 2018!
Main Special Exhibition Gallery
Bill Graham and the Rock and Roll Revolution presents the life and times of rock & roll’s greatest promoter, Bill Graham.
Take an electrifying trip through the 1960s-1980s and learn about the extraordinary life and career of Bill Graham, the Holocaust refugee who launched the careers of countless music legends like The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin, and produced humanitarian concerts such as Human Rights Now! and Live Aid to raise the consciousness of the world.
BESA: A CODE OF HONOR
August 3, 2017 – March 4, 2018
The Joseph L. and Emily K. Gidwitz Memorial Foundation Gallery
This exhibition features images by American photographer Norman Gershman of Muslim Albanians who rescued Jews during the Holocaust. Albania was the only country with more Jews at the end of WWII than beforehand, as Albanians saved their neighbors and those who took refuge in their country. These remarkable acts were grounded in Besa, a code of honor that still exists in the country today. The exhibition is a production of the Museums Division, Yad Vashem.
HOW IT IS, BUT HOW IT SHOULD BE: AN IMAGINED LIFE OUTSIDE OF GURS
July 21, 2016 – January 7, 2018
Northern Trust Gallery
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.