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Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
New-York Historical Society, NY
October 1, 2021 – January 23, 2022

Following the one year anniversary of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, the New-York Historical Society has opened an exhibit honoring the late cultural icon’s life. The collection is entitled, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Inspired by the popular Tumblr account and bestselling book of the same name, a collection of archival photographs, contemporary art, personal documents, and an interactive gallery all aim to tell the story of the highly influential judge while also reflecting on her immeasurable cultural impact.

Organized and compiled by Los Angeles’ Skirball Cultural Center, the traveling exhibition presents the most expansive look at Ginsburg’s life to date, specifically highlighting her dedication to civil justice and equal opportunity laws, both during her time as a lawyer and court justice. Though it presents a thorough portrayal of her life’s work, it also delves into a compelling look at her triumphs. Each featured piece helps connect the dots regarding who Ginsburg was as a student, wife, mother, women’s rights activist, and later, an internet sensation.

Noted highlights of the exhibition include a robe and jabot from Ginsburg’s Supreme Court Wardrobe, as well as the official portraits of Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor, the first two female justices to serve on the Supreme Court, on loan from the National Portrait Gallery in Washington.

To allow crowds to immerse themselves even deeper into Ginsburg’s life, the exhibit also features listening stations where they can hear her delivery of “oral arguments, majority opinions, and forceful dissents,” in landmark court cases, according to the Historical Society’s website. Visitors are also given the opportunity to “step into the justice’s world” and have their picture taken on a 3D rendering of the Supreme Court Bench.

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