Debi van Zyl

Notorious RBG


Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
October 19, 2018–March 10, 2019

Photos: Robert Wedemeyer

Coinciding with the twenty-fifth anniversary of her appointment to the high court, Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the first-ever retrospective about the famed associate justice and American cultural icon. 

Based upon the New York Times bestselling book of the same name, the exhibition was created in partnership with the book’s co-authors: journalist Irin Carmon, a senior correspondent at New York magazine, and attorney Shana Knizhnik, who founded the popular Tumblr that earned Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg internet fame. Like the book, the exhibition offers a visually rich, entertaining, yet rigorous look at RBG’s life and work. Through archival photographs and documents, contemporary art, media stations, and playful interactive “scenes,” the exhibition tells stories of RBG’s remarkable life and career, as well her efforts to expand “We the People” to include those long left out of the Constitution’s promises. By bringing to life RBG’s compelling biography and her commitment to the nation’s highest ideals, the exhibition invites visitors to participate in civic life and consider how the future of the Supreme Court impacts us all.