HELEN SUZMAN: Fighter for Human Rights

January 9 – April 20, 2014

Exhibition will be on display in the Second Floor Balcony Gallery

Suzman IHMEC websiteHelen Suzman was one of South Africa’s most vociferous and energetic opponents of apartheid. She devoted her life to the fight for human rights and the rule of law in South Africa. In a political career that spanned almost four decades, she worked tirelessly, never flinching from challenging the system of apartheid.

This exhibition was originated by the Isaac and Jessie Kaplan Centre for Jewish Studies and Research at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. The Curator is Millie Pimstone, Project Initiator and Coordinator is Prof. Milton Shain, and the Graphic Designer is Linda Bester. The American tour was initially funded by the Dobkin Family Foundation. Exhibition Manager: Jill Vexler, Ph.D. The local presentation of HELEN SUZMAN: Fighter for Human Rights was generously underwritten by Michael and Stephanie Levy, Hersch Klaff, Jacqueline and Anthony Greis, Eric Joss, Mr. and Mrs. Rob Selati, David and Gail Abrams, Phillip Gordon, Faye Levy and Anthony and Estelle Lakier.





Ruth Gruber: Photojournalist

February 16 – June 1, 2014

Ruth GruberRuth Gruber: Photojournalist celebrates the remarkable life, vision, and heroic tenacity of a 20th century pioneer and trailblazing photojournalist. Now 102 years old, Gruber’s work spans more than five decades, from her groundbreaking work in the Soviet Arctic in the 1930s and her iconic images of Jewish refugees on the ship Exodus 1947, to her later work in the 1980s documenting Ethiopian Jews in the midst of a civil war. A selection of vintage prints will be presented alongside contemporary prints made from original negatives, early film footage, and ephemera from her personal archive.

This exhibition was made possible by friends of Ruth Gruber, and is a traveling exhibition of the International Center of Photography, New York. The Golder Family Foundation is lead sponsor for all Illinois Holocaust Museum special exhibitions. Additional local support provided by the David C. & Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.


Photo: Unidentified Photographer. Ruth Gruber, Alaska Territory, 1941–43.


RACE: Are We So Different?

October 10, 2014 – January 25, 2015

RACE logo 2It’s a simple truth.

People are different. Throughout history, these differences have been a source of community strength and personal identity. They have also been the basis for discrimination and oppression.

The idea of “race” has been used historically to describe these differences and justify mistreatment of people and even genocide. Today, contemporary scientific understanding of human variation is beginning to challenge “racial” differences, and even question the very concept of race.

RACE: Are We So Different?, developed by the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota, is the first national exhibition to tell the stories of race from the biological, cultural, and historical points of view. Combining these perspectives offers an unprecedented look at race and racism in the United States.

Funded by Ford Foundation and National Science Foundation. Allstate Insurance Company is the exclusive presenting sponsor of RACE. The Golder Family Foundation is lead sponsor for all Illinois Holocaust Museum special exhibitions.

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