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The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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On view October 4, 2019 - January 12, 2020

NMAJH will be the first east coast stop for a new exhibition about Justice Ginsburg. Tracing a career that traveled from trailblazer to pop-culture icon (RBG bobble head, anyone?), the upcoming special exhibition Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the first museum retrospective about the extraordinary life of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg. Originated by the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, and based on the New York Times best-selling book of the same name, the visually rich and entertaining exhibition explores RBG’s legacy—including her days as a student, her pioneering work as a lawyer and advocate for women’s rights, and her precedent-setting role on our nation’s highest court.

The second woman—and the first Jewish woman—to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg often notes how she has been influenced by the Jewish principle tikkun olam, which she defines as “the obligation to improve the world carefully and steadily, to do one’s part to make our communities, nation, and universe more humane and more just.”

Justice Ginsburg, a longtime member of the Museum, will be represented here with evidence of her achievements across the length of her life, including a snapshot of a young Ruth Bader as summer camp rabbi, her Supreme Court robe and jabot, and her contemporary narration of a film devoted to Justice Louis Brandeis.

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RBG Install Photo 1 RBG Install Image 2

Installation images by Robert Wedemeyer.