LOS ANGELES — A fusion of power and grace. That is the balance Cate Thurston sees in late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Thurston curated an exhibit about the iconic judge a year ago at the Skirball Cultural Center. Now she’s reflecting on a memorial left near the museum by mourners remembering RBG’s life.
“Here at the Skirball, we have been devastated. The news comes to us during a season of loss in America,” Thurston said.
The Skirball Cultural Center discovered the display across the street and decided to allow it to be presented at the front steps of the museum, inviting those who want to pay their respects through a drive-thru memorial.
Thurston said RBG’s compassion for minorities of all backgrounds will never be forgotten.
“I take solace in the legacy of her work. Expanding our founding documents to truly include all of the people in the sentence, ‘We the people,’” she said.
Reflecting on Ginsburg’s ability to continue to break barriers even in her passing, as the first Jewish woman to become a Supreme Court Justice, and now the first woman to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol building, Thurston said the loss is heavy, but the legacy, inspiring.
“And so, in this great time of hardship, may her memory be a blessing,” she added.
And as the justice herself put it, she'd like to be remembered as one who used all of her talent to do her work to the best of her ability.
The Skirball Cultural Center remains closed to the public because of California guidelines for indoor museums during the pandemic.
They opened their driveway and front steps to the public September 25 from 12-8 p.m., so people can drop off their personal tributes.