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Now - January 26, 2020
NATURE CAT: BACKYARD AND BEYOND
Tally Ho! Join Nature Cat and his friends on their outdoor adventures! There’s so much to learn about nature — in your own backyard and beyond! In this immersive exhibit, walk through Fred the house cat’s scratching post and transform into Nature Cat, Outdoor Explorer Extraordinaire! Dress up as one of Nature Cat’s pals as you explore a marsh, a cave, a forest, and more — slip down Ronald’s slide, help Daisy build a flower garden, and have fun hunting for Hal’s flying disc. Additional interactive elements include: • Discover bioluminescent organisms • Research facts on Daisy’s tablet • Snap selfies with Nature Cat and his friends. 
Location: Kohl Children's Museum, 2100 Patriot Boulevard, Glenview
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Now - December 8, 2019
POP AMERICA
“Pop América, 1965 – 1975” is the first exhibition to unify Latin American expressions of Pop and explore how its bold and colorful imagery, references to mass culture and representations of everyday objects, signs and symbols were embraced by artists working across the Western hemisphere. The exhibition reshapes debates over Pop’s perceived political neutrality and aesthetic innovations and expands ideas of Pop beyond the U.S. and Britain. “Pop América” features nearly 100 artworks by artists, including Antonio Dias, Rubens Gerchman, Roy Lichtenstein, Marisol, Cildo Mereiles, Anna Maria Maiolino, Marta Minujín, Hugo Rivera-Scott and Andy Warhol, and creates vital dialogues that cross national borders. United by their use of Pop’s visual strategies, these artists have made bold contributions to conceptualism, performance and new-media art, as well as social protest, justice movements and debates about freedom.
Location: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 40 Arts Circle, Evanston
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Now - January 12, 2020
MEMORY UNEARTHED: THE LODZ GHETTO PHOTOGRAPHS OF HENRYK ROSS
Imprisoned in Europe’s second-largest ghetto in 1940, Polish Jewish photojournalist Henryk Ross was assigned to take official identification photographs for the Nazi-controlled Jewish Administration. The Nazis forbade him from taking any unofficial images, under penalty of death. Yet against the explicit directives, Ross put his life in jeopardy to document history – sneaking his camera through cracks in doors and underneath his overcoat. The result was more than 6,000 negatives showing the Jews’ persistent struggle to survive in the Lodz Ghetto. As the final residents of the ghetto were deported en masse to the Auschwitz and Chelmno concentration camps, Ross stayed behind to clean up – giving him the opportunity to bury his precious negatives. When the ghetto was liberated in 1945, Ross was able to excavate and recover about half of the buried negatives – one of the largest visual records of its kind to survive the Holocaust.
Location: Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie
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Now - November 30, 2019
STUNNING STORIES IN NATIVE AMERICAN JEWELRY
Featuring award-winning designs by renowned artists past and present, the exhibit explores the symbols and stories shared in these wearable pieces of art. Video of artists at work and station for kids to try jewelry stamping techniques make this a great opportunity for the entire family.
Location: Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, 3001 Central St. , Evanston
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November 21, 2019 - August 18, 2020
THEY SHALL BE COUNTED: THE THERESIENSTADT GHETTO ART OF ERICH LICHTBLAU-LESKLY
They Shall Be Counted is a gallery of original paintings and drawings by Erich Lichtblau-Leskly. While imprisoned in Theresienstadt (Terezin) Ghetto, he artistically depicted the daily lives of its residents, poignantly capturing the complications and ironies of ghetto life. In the spring of 1945, Lichtblau-Leskly cut most of his artwork into pieces. His wife, Elsa Lichtblau, hid the fragmented artwork under the floorboards of the barracks, and Lichtblau-Leskly was able to retrieve it after liberation. While living in Israel during the 1950s and 1960s, he reworked these fragments into larger watercolor illustrations. Both original sketches and reworked illustrations will be on display in the collection.
Location: Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie
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February 9, 2020 - August 16, 2020
NOTORIOUS RBG: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF RUTH BADER GINSBURG
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a vibrant, comprehensive exploration of Justice Ginsburg’s life and her numerous, often-simultaneous roles as a student, wife, mother, lawyer, judge, women’s rights pioneer, and Internet phenomenon. The exhibition tells Ginsburg’s story using a dynamic array of gallery interactives, listening stations, archival photographs and documents, historical artifacts, and contemporary art. Based on the book and Tumblr page of the same name, Notorious RBG is the first-ever museum exhibition focused solely on the judicial icon.
Location: Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie
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