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“Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare is a beautifully conceived, curated, and designed exhibition on a timely topic. This exhibition will travel and reach audiences far beyond the walls of Jewish Federation Building in which the museum is located.”
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, chief curator of the Core Exhibition at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews

In October 1947, the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) called Hollywood figures to testify about allegations of communist propaganda in American films. Although the committee never found evidence of Communist propaganda, ten of the writers and directors called to testify were held in contempt of Congress, fined and sentenced to prison. Hollywood’s power players responded to the proceedings by creating a self-imposed blacklist of those “Hollywood Ten” and others implicated in the proceedings. With that, the film industry became the first mass-employer to adopt a blacklist as a policy to be used against employees whose political beliefs ran counter to prevailing orthodoxies. Blacklist: Hollywood’s Red Scare sparks reflection, conversation and engagement regarding civil liberties and patriotism in the 21st Century using the counterpoint of a time in which art, artistic expression and speech were no longer protected.

Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare is a multi-sensory exhibit that explores the intersection of politics, art, economics, and the social dynamics that impacted the American First Amendment rights of speech, religion, and assembly during Hollywood’s Red Scare. Through personal narratives of those who were blacklisted, members of House Un-American Activities Committee or HUAC, and film executives, Blacklist examines the shifting definition of what it meant and means to be a patriotic

Exhibit Components
• Introductory Film “Prying Eyes: A Prelude to the Hollywood Blacklist”
(7:13 minutes)
• Response Station White Board
• Docent Training Materials
• School Curriculum
• Web-based Activities
• 1 Blacklist Marquee Sign
• 2 Red Velour Stage Curtains with Gold Rope Pullbacks
• 16 Didactic Graphic Panels
• 8 Biographical Panels
• 4 Large Scale Window Scrims (can be resized and printed)
• 10 Flip Film Poster Cabinets with FBI Files Inside
• 9 Object Wall Cases with Artifacts
• 5 Hanging Graphic Banners (on Sintra) with Hardware
• 5 Cut-Out Silhouette Figures with Bases
• 1 Minority Report Book
• Files for 4 Largescale Vinyl Backdrops
• Files for 2 Applied Vinyl Lettering
• Files for 5 Artifact Labels
• Files for 3 Instructional Labels

Download the Rental Brochure for a full list of exhibit components and to learn more about renting BlacklistContact Patti Sherman-Cisler to bring this one-of-a-kind exhibit to your space.