‘Notorious RBG’ premieres at Illinois Holocaust Museum


The Illinois Holocaust Museum will host the Midwest premiere of the Notorious RBG exhibit from February 9th through August 16th at its Skokie location, 9603 Woods Dr.

Based on the book and Tumblr account, Notorious RBG is a bright, fun, and interactive exhibition that showcases Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s impactful life and transformation from legal scholar to pop culture icon. Beginning with the story of her Brooklyn childhood, it covers the prejudices and challenges that she faced early in her career and her appointment to the nation’s highest court.

Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik — authors of the book, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg — partnered with Skirball Cultural Center Associate Curator, Cate Thurston, to create the exhibit. They designed the sensation to inspire visitors at all levels, from legal scholar to fangirl, to work towards a more just world by the experience.

“If you give young women the ability to choose their own heroes, you’ll be surprised at what you see,” says Carmon. “I think people like the counter-intuitiveness of it and they can see something in her — authenticity, strength, fierceness, a commitment to liberal values.”

Carmon is a Harvard graduate and senior correspondent for New York Magazine. Her work with the Washington Post to break the news on the sexual assault allegations against Charlie Rose resulted in her receiving the 2018 Mirror Award from the NewHouse School at Syracuse University. Carmon has also been a contributor to CNN as well as a reporter for MSNBC, and NBC News.

Shana Knizhnik graduated from NYU School of Law and is now a public defender. She created the Notorious RBG Tumblr blog in the summer of 2013 after the Supreme Court Justice dissented in three major cases in one week. This blog would later serve as the inspiration for the bestselling book, of the same name, which she co-authored with journalist, Irin Carmon.

The authors will share the story of how the Tumblr blog inspired by RBG turned into a pop culture phenomenon at the event’s premiere on Sunday, February 9th. Although tickets to that event are selling-out quickly, the exhibit remains open through August 9. For tickets and additional information, click on this.