Missoula Art Museum Honors Ruth Bader Ginsburg in New Exhibit
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death a few weeks ago was a shock to many, even though she was 87 years old and had long been battling cancer - but that's because of what she represented. RBG was an inspiration to generations of people all across the country, and her passing was a difficult one to comprehend.
On Tuesday in Missoula, a new exhibit opened up at the Missoula Art Museum which actually pays tribute to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, although it was completely by accident. A new portrait of Ginsburg hangs in the museum as part of the exhibit called "Kristi Hager: Equal, A Work in Progress," in which local artist Kristi Hager has painted large-scale portraits of the women in her life.
The project began back in 2017, and mostly consists of Hager's family and friends. Painting Ginsburg wasn't the original plan, since there were no other famous people portrayed in the other portraits, but she decided to go through with it since the project is referencing the Equal Rights Amendment which was never made into a law.
So Ginsburg became part of the project, and then, just a few weeks ago, passed away - and now it serves as a tribute of sorts to Ginsburg and the people she inspired. The exhibit is set up in the museum so that Ginsburg's portrait is one of the first things you see when you walk in.
If you'd like to check out the exhibit, it'll be at the Missoula Art Museum until February 21, 2021. It definitely seems like a fitting tribute for such an icon.