Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare
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
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Stitching History From the Holocaust
Stitching History From the Holocaust uses the narrative of one couple to explore the Holocaust. Through the story of Hedwig and Paul Strnad, visitors will build their understanding of transcontinental connections, the Bohemian Jewish history, Theresienstadt concentration camp and the fashion industry in Czechoslovakia. For more information, visit our Stitching History From the Holocaust website.
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, Cedar Rapids, IA (November 2020 – March 2021)
Jewish Museum of Maryland, Baltimore, MD (April – July 2019)
Birmingham Holocaust Education Center, Birmingham, AL (December 2018 – March 2019)
Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh, Pittsburg, PA (October – December 2018)
Holocaust Memorial Center, Farmington Hills, MI (June 22 – December 29, 2107)
Jewish Museum of Florida, Florida International University (December 19, 2016 – March 19, 2017)
Ruth Davis Design Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Madison (September 11 – November 13, 2016)
Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, New York (April 13 – August 14, 2016)
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