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Art Exhibition at Spertus Institute: The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt

Step into cartoonist Ken Krimstein’s page-turning graphic biography of Hannah Arendt, one of the greats of twentieth century philosophy. 

Extended through August 18!

“The astounding life of a 20th-century original told by a skillful cartoonist frolicking in long form”—Kirkus (Starred Review)

“Depicts Arendt in a way no other book has—makes us feel the passion of her thinking”—The Forward

“Remarkable”—The Chicago Reader

See original illustrations, sketches, and artwork from Ken Krimstein's The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt (Bloomsbury 2018). Eavesdrop on the freewheeling conversations of Jewish intellectual life in pre-WWII Europe, populated with the artists, writers, and thinkers Arendt encounters—including Marc Chagall, Marlene Dietrich, Walter Benjamin, Albert Einstein, and Sigmund Freud. Then explore Krimstein’s portrayal of Arendt’s complicated and courageous choices during some of history’s darkest days.

By unconventionally using graphic non-fiction to illustrate a world of ideas, Krimstein brings urgency to Arendt’s struggle to find meaning. 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.

Ground Level Arts Lab Exhibition Hours 
Sunday 10 am–5 pm 
Monday–Wednesday 9 am–5 pm 
Thursday 9 am–6 pm 
Friday 9 am–3 pm 
Closed Saturdays and Jewish and secular holidays.

Admission is free.

Group Visits
Due to the intimate nature of the Ground Level Arts Lab, we ask that those planning to visit with groups of ten or more fill out a short form to ensure we can accomodate you in the space. While we look forward to you visiting and enjoying the exhibition, notifiying us at least one week in advance is required. GROUP VISIT FORM >