"No other [Supreme Court] Justice, however scrutinized or respected, has so captured the public's imagination. Her every utterance is clickbait and, since 2013, there have been countless homemade [Ruth Bader Ginsburg] costumes, cocktails, ice cream flavors, and more."
BASED ON The New York Times best-selling book of the same name and created in partnership with its authors, Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik, the exhibition "Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg" will take a deeply personal journey through historic change, with an entertaining, yet rigorous look at the life and work of the 86-year-old Ginsburg and the Supreme Court. It also will examine her varied roles as a student, life partner, mother, change-making lawyer, judge, women's rights pioneer, and pop culture icon. "Notorious RBG" will be on view Oct. 4-Jan. 12, 2020, at the National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, Pa. The exhibit will kick off NMAJH's celebration of the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote.
Justice Ginsburg's life and nomination to the Court are not new to NMAJH. She has been featured in the museum's core exhibition since 2010 as part of the exploration of contemporary Jewish life in the U.S. and has been a longstanding museum member. NMAJH's location on Independence Mall provides an ideal backdrop for exploring Ginsburg's story and the circumstances that brought her to the Court, placing the Justice's story at the very location where the U.S. was founded and the Constitution established the Supreme Court.
"I am thrilled to celebrate Justice Ginsburg's groundbreaking career as an activist, advocate, icon, and the first Jewish woman to serve on the Supreme Court," says Josh Perel-man, chief curator and director of Exhibitions and Interpretation. "Justice Ginsburg's life and career are an essential reminder that the freedoms promised here in Philadelphia are the right of every person in the country."
Through archival photographs and documents, historical artifacts, contemporary art, media stations, and gallery interactives, the exhibition will explore the U.S. legal system and civil rights movements through the lens of Ginsburg's personal experiences and public service. Like the book, it tells the parallel stories of her remarkable life and the efforts she joined to expand "We the People" to include those long left out of the Constitution's promises.
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