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Media Kit – Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare

Thank you for your interest in Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare. Here you can find photos and copy that will help you share the story of this exhibit, on view at Jewish Museum Milwaukee October 12, 2018 – February 10, 2019.

For Immediate Release: September 5, 2018
Contact: Katie Hall
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Jewish Museum Milwaukee Exhibit Shows Importance of Civil Liberties through Hollywood’s Blacklist
Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare asks visitors to critically examine other points in history including contemporary issues

Milwaukee, WI: Jewish Museum Milwaukee will open its new originally curated exhibit, Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare, on view October 12, 2018–February 10, 2019. Blacklist explores the personal and national impact of the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and the Hollywood Blacklist through the biographies and accounts of blacklistees, films that were considered subversive by the FBI, HUAC hearing footage and more.

The people regarded as “Un-American” in HUAC’s blacklist were disproportionately of minority backgrounds—Jews and immigrants. The exhibit explores the factors that led to the Hollywood Blacklist, a time in which these first amendment freedoms and what it meant to be patriotic became central in a cultural battle, one that continues to replay in American politics today.

“After three years in the making, Jewish Museum Milwaukee is looking forward to finally sharing this exhibit with the public,” said Ellie Gettinger, Jewish Museum Milwaukee’s exhibit curator and education director. “Blacklist offers a fascinating look into a fearful time in our country’s history, and provides the opportunity for visitors to compare ways history continues to repeat itself.”

The gritty, dark feel of the exhibit sends museum-goers back to the tense and anxious era of Hollywood’s Red Scare in the 1940s-50s. Both the process of being blacklisted and getting off the blacklist were shrouded in mystery and had real consequences for people caught in the crosshairs. Those who were implicated faced the infamous question, “Are you or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?” and suffered personal consequences: mental anguish, bankruptcy, unemployment, illness and even death.

Blacklist seeks to answer many key questions still relevant today—from the role of media in reporting on government checks and balances, government overreach, civil liberties and first amendment rights, the exhibit sheds light on a wide array of issues that affected the historical and political climate of this era, which ultimately made the Hollywood Blacklist possible.

Blacklist is sponsored by Joel and Caran Quadracci and The Windhover Foundation, Marianne and Sheldon B. Lubar, Brico Fund and an Anonymous Fund of the Jewish Community
Foundation. Following its first display at Jewish Museum

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Dalton Trumbo addresses a crowd at a rally for the Hollywood Ten (circa 1949).

Courtesy of the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University

Family and friends rally for the Hollywood Ten (circa 1949).

Courtesy of the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University

First witness sworn in: H.A. Smith swears in Rep. J. Parnell Thomas for the House Un-American Activities Committee; also shown are Reps. Richard B. Vail, John McDowell, Richard M. Nixon, and John J. Delaney. (October 21, 1947)

Courtesy of the Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-113251

Members of the House Un-American Activities Committee visit the home of Chairman John Parnell Thomas; (l-r) Rep. Richard B. Vail, Rep. Thomas, Rep. John McDowell, Robert Stripling, chief counsel, and Rep. Richard M. Nixon (1948).

Courtesy of the Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-119692

Charged with contempt of Congress, nine Hollywood men gave themselves up to U.S. Marshal yesterday (1947).
From left, Robert Adrian Scott, Edward Dmytryk, Samuel Ornitz, Lester Cole, Herbert Biberman, Albert Maltz, Alvah Bessie, John Howard Lawson and Ring Lardner Jr.Courtesy of Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive. Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.
Waldo Salt (undated)

Courtesy of Jennifer Salt

Dalton and Cleo Trumbo on location for Exodus (circa 1960).

Courtesy of the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research

Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare Gallery Installation Shot 1

Courtesy of Crux Creative

Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare Gallery Installation Shot 2

Courtesy of Crux Creative

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