Current Special Exhibitions


Activists and Icons: The Photographs of Steve Schapiro

October 7, 2018 – October 27, 2019

Northern Trust Gallery and The Joseph L. & Emily K. Gidwitz Memorial Foundation Gallery

Activists and Icons: The Photographs of Steve Schapiro, shows, through powerful documentary photography, that the issues of the civil rights movement are still deeply relevant today. Forty-six large-format photographs tell the stories of seminal moments in history from the March on Washington (1963) to Robert Kennedy’s presidential campaign (1968). Among the images are emotional portraits of heroes both known and unknown, ranging from Rosa Parks and James Baldwin to an unnamed sanitation striker.

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The Last Goodbye – A Virtual Reality Experience

September 16th, 2018 – January 31st, 2019

Pritzker Hall of Reflection

The Last Goodbye is an award-winning virtual reality experience that transports viewers inside the Nazi death camp Majdanek in Poland with Pinchas Gutter, the only member of his family of four to survive the Holocaust. The fully immersive experience enables visitors to virtually walk with Gutter as he travels in life-sized projections of the camp, including the railway car, gas chamber, shower room, and barracks of Majdanek.

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Stories of Survival: Object. Image. Memory.

July 19, 2018 – January 13, 2019

Main Special Exhibition Space

Stories of Survival showcases more than 60 personal items brought to America by Survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides, including Armenia, Bosnia, Cambodia, Iraq, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Syria. The objects are as every day as a baby doll and a black suitcase and as symbolic as a young mother’s cookbook and a wedding announcement. Each artifact is dramatically showcased alongside oversized photographs by renowned documentarian Jim Lommasson with handwritten reflections by Survivors or their family members.

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