Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg offers the viewer a visually rich, entertaining, and comprehensive look at Justice Ginsburg’s life and career. On Wednesday, January 9, 2019, a sold-out Fellows group from Virginia Robinson Gardens attended this exhibition at the Skirball Cultural Center.
The highly interactive exhibition was quite engaging. The moment we entered with Associate Curator Cate Thurston, the contents of the exhibition came to life and provided an elevated review. Several nearby museum guests wanted to join our tour – it was a true exploration showcasing archival photographs, documents, contemporary art and media relating to the Supreme Court Justice’s life.
We had a unique opportunity to view the American legal system and civil rights movements as part of Ginsburg’s personal experiences and public service. The exhibition provides parallel stories of Ginsburg’s remarkable life and the ongoing expansion of the Skirball’s permanent exhibition, “We the People,” urging us to band together and unite around Justice Ginsburg’s continuing work to protect civil rights and equal opportunity for all.
The Skirball Cultural Center is a meeting place that welcomes the stranger and is inspired by the American democratic ideals of freedom and equality. Both Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Skirball Cultural Center have something in common — they both help build a more just society.
The Fellows of Robinson Gardens are a wonderful group of individuals who help support VRG as a historic landmark with a large estate and palatial gardens. The Fellows enjoyed the Skirball Cultural Center program and had a delicious lunch at Zeidler’s Café, a landmark eatery at the Skirball. Table decor consisted of the Justice’s lace jabot and inspirational sayings with wooden gavels attached.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. The splendor of this exhibition and testament to who she is gives examples of her integrity, work ethic, and the pursuit of equality for all human beings. She is considered a hero who uses her talents and power on the Supreme Court to help others. The Skirball Cultural Center embraces and celebrates Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her historic contributions. The exhibition showcases her majestic achievements.
Justice Ginsburg’s work and life has inspired many others who watched and learned about her work and many accomplishments, which were not linear or easily achieved. None of her accomplishments happened on their own. Justice Ginsburg’s steadfast commitment, passion, and perseverance are the key ingredients of her achievements and success. And this exhibition informs the viewer of all her tremendous accomplishments.
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Skirball Cultural Center is the first ever retrospective about the Supreme Court Justice turned cultural icon; it is on view through March 10, 2019.
Post by Wendy Wintrob
Friends of Robinson Gardens Member
Photos by CC Pulitzer-Lemann and Linda Meadows