Upcoming Special Exhibitions
HOW IT IS AND HOW IT SHOULD BE: AN IMAGINED LIFE OUTSIDE OF GURS
July 21, 2016 – January 14, 2017
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 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.
WOMEN HOLD UP HALF THE SKY
September 25, 2016 – January 22, 2017
Main Special Exhibition Gallery
Women Hold Up Half the Sky identifies one of the central moral challenges of the 21st century – full equality for the world’s women. It is inspired by the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Pulitzer-prize winning authors, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Like the best-selling book, the exhibition challenges visitors to open their eyes, minds and hearts.
This exhibition presents compelling stories told through video, audio, art and photographs about the injustices perpetrated against women and how ordinary people and organizations are leading the way to fight oppression. The exhibition links the dire results of inequality and oppression, including maternal mortality, gender-based violence, and sex trafficking, with powerful possibilities to change those harsh realities.
Co-Presented with YWCA Evanston/North Shore
Organized and circulated by the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, California
LOST STORIES, FOUND IMAGES: PORTRAITS OF JEWS IN WARTIME AMSTERDAM BY ANNEMIE WOLFF
October 30, 2016 – February 26, 2017
German-born Dutch photographer Annemie Wolff, who passed away in 1994, took these newly discovered photographs at a pivotal moment in history–during the German occupation of the Netherlands. At such an incredibly tense time, why would Jews sit for portraits of themselves and their loved ones? How is it that so many of them are smiling and appearing to be at the pinnacle of their lives? Learn the stories of the images: who they were and what happened to them after the photos were taken.
Lost Stories, Found Images tells many remarkable stories: of the courageous and talented photographer Annemie Wolff; of each person whose 1943 portrait is in the exhibit; and of the discovery of the identity of these people 70 years later.
A project of, and an original exhibit created by, is on loan from the Wolff Foundation, Amsterdam in partnership with the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Foundation (“JCF”).
OPERATION FINALE: THE CAPTURE AND TRIAL OF ADOLF EICHMANN
February 19 – June 18, 2017
Main Special Exhibition Gallery
The dramatic story behind one of the world’s most notorious escaped Nazi war criminals being brought to justice is told using recently declassified artifacts from the Mossad, Israel’s Secret Intelligence Service. This is the first time the exhibition has ever left the State of Israel, and is the first exhibition in the United States to fully document the pursuit, capture, extradition and 1961 trial of a principal perpetrator of The Final Solution.
Co-production of Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People, Tel Aviv, Israel; The Mossad – Israel Secret Intelligence Service; and the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.