NOTORIOUS RBG Authors who Inspired Exhibit, Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik, Take Virtual Stage Ahead of Women’s International Month

The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage announces the public launch event for the highly anticipated Cleveland premiere of Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, presented locally by PNC Bank.

This is the first-ever exhibition about the trailblazing associate justice. Based on the New York Times bestselling book of the same name and created in partnership with its authors, Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik, the exhibition takes a deeply personal journey through historic change with an entertaining yet rigorous look at the life and work of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) and the Supreme Court. It also examines her varied roles as a student, life partner, mother, change-making lawyer, judge, women’s rights pioneer and pop culture icon.

The exhibition launches just days ahead of Women’s History Month, a dedicated month to reflect on the often-overlooked contributions of women to United States history. On the evening of the exhibition’s public opening—Wednesday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m.—Notorious RBG authors Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik will take the virtual stage via Zoom to share insights about their book, the Tumblr, and the transformative figure who inspired it all. The cost to attend is $5 per person and free for members.

The exhibition Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg was organized by the Skirball Cultural Center, in Los Angeles and will be on view at the Maltz Museum, in Beachwood, Feb. 24 through Aug. 29, 2021. Through archival photographs and documents, historical artifacts, contemporary art, media stations and gallery interactives, the exhibition explores the American legal system and civil rights movements through the lens of RBG’s personal experiences and public service. Like the book, it tells the parallel stories of her remarkable life and the efforts she joined to expand “We the People” to include those long left out of the Constitution’s promises.

Other exhibition-related programs inspired by RBG will follow the launch event, including:

  • “I Dissent” – a monthly series focused on famous dissenting cases in which Justice Ginsburg was involved, led by some of Cleveland’s most prestigious women attorneys, presented in partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • “Scales of Justice” – a series exploring justice-related topics, starting with CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law’s Doron Kalir investigating how Judaism influenced RBG’s professional life
  • “Gallery Talks” – taking a deep dive into specific objects within the exhibition, like her famous jabot and what the statement piece represents for women and fashion, in collaboration with CWRU – Siegal Lifelong Learning
  • “Women Who Roar” – subject matter experts discuss trailblazing women artists, musicians and writers from diverse cultural backgrounds whose roaring voices have influenced American culture, with partners including Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards at the Cleveland Foundation and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • “My Story” – a monthly series celebrating boundary-busting Cleveland women paving their own path and simultaneously paving the way for others, featuring community leaders like Phyllis Harris of the LGBTQ Center interviewing Exact Change author Christine Howey in honor of International Transgender Visibility Day
  • “Readers Series” with Literary Cleveland and “Script Club” with Interplay Jewish Theatre – inviting guests to read and discuss books about and plays inspired by the late Supreme Court Justice
  • “Film Screening & Talk-back” – a free screening of the 2018 documentary, RBG, and a talk-back with Justices who knew her and Advocates who were inspired by her, presented in partnership with Classrooms Without Borders
  • “Family Fun” – monthly interactive online programs for young families kicks-off with “Happy Birthday, RBG” when participants bake her favorite party treat, muffins, with jHUB

The Maltz Museum thanks its community partners for their support in celebrating the Notorious RBG launch event: ADL—Cleveland, The City Club, Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland Jewish News, Cleveland-Marshall Law, Cleveland State University, Cuyahoga Community College Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Humanities Center, CWRU – Siegal Lifelong Learning, Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio, Facing History and Ourselves, Hillel at Kent State University, Literary Cleveland, Mandel JCC, NCJW, and Ursuline College.

Special Opening Week Pricing

In celebration of opening week, the Maltz Museum is offering $5 tickets, Feb. 24 – 28, 2021, available for purchase over the phone or online. Note: Maltz Museum members and children under 5 are always free.

Ways to Explore

In-person

Visitors can tour the Notorious RBG exhibition in-person at the Maltz Museum, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. by timed tickets, which can be purchased over the phone or online in advance. Masks are required for entry and social distancing is enforced. General: $12, Students & Seniors: $10, Children 5 – 11: $5, Children under 5 and Maltz Museum Members: Free

Online

As part of an ongoing outreach effort to connect visitors to the Maltz Museum during the pandemic, virtual visitors can explore Notorious RBG online. Approximately 60 minutes in length, virtual attendees will enjoy a webinar style narrated exploration of key objects and artifacts followed by a docent-led Q&A. Virtual tours will be offered on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. The cost is $10 per person and free for Maltz Museum members.

Virtual Group Tours

The Maltz Museum now offers private virtual group tours of Notorious RBG with advance notice.

  • Adult tours are approximately 60 minutes in length, virtual attendees will enjoy a meeting or webinar-style narrated exploration of key objects and artifacts followed by a docent-led Q&A. Email tours@mmjh.org for more information.
  • Student tours, also virtual, have an alternate format to suit the needs of the school day. Recommended for Grades 6–12, the cost is $3 per person with a minimum of 15 people. (CMSD schools are always free)

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The exhibition Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and its related educational programs at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage are made possible through presenting sponsor: PNC Bank. Along with support from the following donors: Grant and Jennifer Dinner Bob and Sally Gries, Alan and Karen Krause, Milt and Tamar Maltz, and John P. Murphy Foundation.

About PNC Bank

PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit www.pnc.com.

About the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

Located approximately twenty minutes from downtown Cleveland in the suburb of Beachwood, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is an award-winning building crafted from Jerusalem stone and glass walls, uniquely set into the landscape. Housing two permanent collections and a gallery dedicated to presenting world-class special exhibitions, the Maltz Museum is rooted in the Jewish value of respect for all humanity, telling universal stories of hope, perseverance, and resilience that educate, inform, and inspire a more just, civil, and inclusive society.

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Admission: $12 General; $10 Students & Seniors, $5 Children 5–11. Exhibitions are always FREE for Maltz Museum Members.