The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt


Exhibition Open Thursday, March 14 to Sunday, June 23 

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

“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.

Ken Krimstein
Ken Krimstein
 is a cartoonist, writer, educator, and creative director whose cartoons have been published in The New YorkerBarron'sHarvard Business ReviewProspectPunchThe National LampoonThe Wall Street JournalThe Chicago Tribune, and three of S. Gross's cartoon anthologies. You can find his humor writing in The New York Observer's New Yorker's Diary, McSweeny's Internet Tendency, Yankee Pot Roast, and Mr. Beller's Neighborhood. 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). He teaches at DePaul University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Exhibitions at Spertus Institute are supported in part by the Harry and Sadie Lasky Foundation.

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.

Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership
610 S. Michigan Ave.
60605 Chicago , IL
This venue is wheelchair accessible

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