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The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt extended through August 18

The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt extended through August 18

Spertus Institute's exhibition The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt has been extended through August 18, 2019

In related programming, Vita Activa film screening on May 13 offers intimate portrait of Hannah Arendt’s life

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership has proudly added eight weeks to the run of its popular exhibition, The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt, now on display through August 18, 2019.

The exhibition features work from New Yorker cartoonist Ken Krimstein’s page-turning graphic biography of the fascinating Hannah Arendt, one of the greatest philosophers of the twentieth century. Through Krimstein’s original illustrations, sketches, and artwork, visitors are able to eavesdrop on the freewheeling conversations of intellectual life in pre-WWII Europe, populated with the artists, writers, and thinkers Arendt encountered—including Marc Chagall, Marlene Dietrich, Walter Benjamin, Albert Einstein, and Sigmund Freud. Krimstein’s work of the same name was recently named a 2018 National Jewish Book Award finalist.

Providing additional context, Spertus will host a film screening of Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt, Monday, May 13 at 7 pm. This thought-provoking and spirited documentary offers an intimate portrait of Arendt's life, traveling to places where she lived, worked, loved, and was betrayed, as she wrote about the open wounds of modern times. A post-show discussion will be led by Dr. Norma Claire Moruzzi, Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies, International Studies, and Political Science at University of Illinois at Chicago. She is the author of the Gradiva Award-winning Speaking through the Mask: Hannah Arendt and the Politics of Social Identity (Cornell University Press). Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt is written and directed by Ada Ushpiz. The one-night-only screening is $18 for the general public and $8 for students and Spertus alumni. Advance tickets, which are recomended, can be purchased online at

Hannah Arendt is best known as a philosopher and political theorist. Her powerful landmark 1951 publication, The Origins of Totalitarianism, advocates for openness in political life. Newly relevant, it resonates with readers again today. Consistent with the goals of Spertus Institute’s Ground Level Arts Lab, The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt creatively introduces a key chapter of the Jewish experience and shines a spotlight on its relevance for today.

Ken Krimstein is a Chicago-based cartoonist, writer, educator, and creative director. His cartoons have been published in the New Yorker, Barron's, Harvard Business Review, Prospect, Punch, The National Lampoon, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, and three of S. Gross's cartoon anthologies. The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt is his second book. His first was a compendium of his Jewish-themed cartoons called Kvetch as Kvetch Can (Random House/Clarkson Potter, 2010).

The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt exhibition is free and open to the public Sundays 10 am–5 pm, Mondays–Wednesdays 9 am–5 pm, Thursdays 9 am–6 pm, and Fridays 9 am–3 pm.

Spertus Institute is located at 610 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago.

Photo above, Ken Krimstein by Aleya Cydney Photography.

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership offers dynamic learning opportunities rooted in Jewish wisdom and culture and open to all. Graduate programs and workshops train future leaders and engage individuals in exploration of Jewish life. Public programs—including films, exhibitions, speakers, seminars, workshops, and concerts—take place at the Institute's Michigan Avenue facility, in the Chicago suburbs, and online.

Exhibitions at Spertus Institute are made possible through the generous support of the Harry and Sadie Lasky and Charles & M.R. Shapiro Foundations.

Spertus Institute is a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community.


Monday, April 29, 2019