The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg: RBG at the Skirball
“I’m not queen….I’d rather be notorious.” This now-famous quote from one of Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s public conversations adorns one of the walls at the exhibition Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s appointment to the US Supreme Court. Popularly known as RBG, the long-serving justice has become an icon. The reasons for her notoriety certainly include but are not limited to her expressive and dedicated personality, her willingness to uphold a dissenting opinion based on her convictions, her work ethic, lifelong valuing on teamwork and sharing credit, her unwavering commitment to the legal profession, and her passionate advocacy for fairness.
The Exhibition at the Skirball Cultural Center
The Skirball Cultural Center’s interactive and thoughtful retrospective is based on and produced in collaboration with the New York Times best-selling book by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik. The array of artifacts and installations on display offer a profound glimpse into RBG’s influences and teachers, her personal and home life, and her groundbreaking commentary on the court.
Visitors can hear recordings of RGB’s arguments and discussions. These audio installations provide a context into the importance in everyday life for people who aren’t legal scholars. And to encourage all of our aspirations, there are a set of robes and a set up of the bench. Attendees can photograph themselves–if not in her shoes– then cloaked in the uniform of her position.
Go see the exhibition to appreciate the ongoing legacy of the Notorious RBG. Oh, and bring people. People who would benefit from the inspiration afforded by spending time in the virtual presence of the life of one of today’s great role models.
On View through March, 2019 at the RBG at the Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles