Notorious RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Life and Work Will Be the Subject of a New Exhibition at the New-York Historical Society
In October 2018, Los Angeles’s Skirball Cultural Center commemorated the 25th anniversary of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court appointment with a traveling exhibition exploring her life and work. Its title, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, was more than just a nod to the bestselling book and Tumblr account of the same name: The retrospective was actually developed with their creators, journalist Irin Carmon and attorney Shana Knizhnik.
After leaving Los Angeles, the exhibition spent several months in Philadelphia’s National Museum of American Jewish History, the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, and Cleveland’s Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. And soon, New Yorkers will be able to catch it. Notorious RBG will be on display in Manhattan’s New-York Historical Society from October 1, 2021, through January 23, 2022.
The retrospective covers Ginsburg’s illustrious climb to the highest court and the many roles she inhabited along the way: wife, mother, lawyer, feminist, civil rights activist, and so much more. Her story is told through photographs, documents, art, and artifacts (like a robe and jabot she wore at the Supreme Court). Visitors will also get to see the official Supreme Court portraits of both Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor—borrowed from the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.—and listen to audio recordings of Ginsburg reciting key oral arguments and some of her most iconic dissents.
All in all, the exhibition serves as a celebration of a woman who dedicated her life to moving the country forward in a more inclusive direction. If you can’t see it in New York, you have two more chances to do so: It’ll head to the Holocaust Museum Houston and then the Capital Jewish Museum in Washington, D.C.