Upcoming Special Exhibitions


Stories of Survival: Object. Image. Memory.

July 19, 2018 – January 13, 2019

Main Special Exhibition Space

Stories of Survival features personal artifacts, photographed by Jim Lommasson, and brought to America by local Survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides, including Armenia, Bosnia, Cambodia, Iraq, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Syria. Photographs with written text by Survivors and their family members describing the object’s significance and history, and the original objects will be on display at the Museum. Curated in honor of the Museum’s 10th anniversary, this exhibition will then travel to other venues beginning in 2019.

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Activists and Icons: The Photographs of Steve Schapiro

October 7, 2018 – June 23, 2019

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

Activists and Icons: The Photographs of Steve Schapiro showcases iconic images of the Civil Rights movement and cultural and political leaders of recent history. In partnership with award-winning Chicago-based photographer, Steve Schapiro, the Museum will display two bodies of his work: the struggle for civil rights in the South and portraiture of history makers from the 20th century.

The Golder Family Foundation is a lead sponsor of Illinois Holocaust Museum special exhibitions.




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