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Illinois Holocaust Museum’s ‘Notorious RBG’ Exhibit Could Serve As Memorial For The Late Ruth Bader Ginsburg

September 22, 2020 3:23 PM | Office IFCPP (Administrator)

Reposted from The Chicago Tribune

The Ruth Bader Ginsburg exhibition at the Illinois Holocaust Museum is likely to transform from a tribute to a memorial in the coming days, as Illinoisans take advantage of the local opportunity to spend time with the late Supreme Court justice’s story and personal effects.

For the rest of the exhibition’s run, scheduled through Jan. 3, tickets are available via the Holocaust Museum website and are included in the $15 general admission.

Wednesdays are free days through the end of the year at the museum, but tickets are required to attend on those days.

Demand for the “Notorious RBG” show, which I reviewed (favorably), when it opened in February, is expected to be high and compounded by the museum limiting attendance and opening hours due to COVID-19 restrictions. New, post-COVID hours see the museum only open Wednesdays-Sundays, and it will also close Sept. 28 for Yom Kippur.

The show was on track to be one of the most popular in the museum’s history when the pandemic forced its temporary closure in mid-March. Because of the closure, the institution was able to extend the show’s run through the Jan. 3 date.

“The exhibition is based on the hit 2015 book of the same title” and was developed by L.A.'s Skirball Cultural Center, I wrote in February. “It derived from a viral Tumblr account merging Ginsburg’s persona, especially her fierce Supreme Court dissents, with fragments from the late rapper the Notorious B.I.G.”

Despite how that may sound, it offers a respectful, enlightening treatment of her life and career as a pioneering feminist lawyer then Supreme Court Justice.

For those unfamiliar, the museum covers the mid-20th century Nazi mass murder of European Jews and others, along with other exhibits related to Jewish topics and to genocide. Its telling of the Holocaust story is one of the Chicago region’s most compelling and haunting museum exhibitions.

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