MILWAUKEE, Oct. 3, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 Milwaukee, the exhibit will travel to other museums across the region and country.
Programming surrounding Blacklist will explore accounts of Hollywood blacklistees through films and presentations from prominent speakers, and analyze the film industry's response to government pressure that led to the Blacklist, which cost hundreds of writers, directors, actors and many others their livelihoods. For a complete listing of programming and additional details, visit www.jewishmuseummilwaukee.org or call (414) 390-5730.
About Jewish Museum Milwaukee: Jewish Museum Milwaukee is a program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, and is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of the Jewish people in southeastern Wisconsin and celebrating the continuum of Jewish heritage and culture. The history of American Jews is rooted in thousands of years of searching for freedom and equality. We are committed to sharing this story, the life lessons it brings with it, and building bridges between people of diverse backgrounds. By telling personal and local stories about issues that can be overwhelming in scale, JMM inspires empathy and deepens understanding of not only the Jewish people, but also others who have gone through similar experiences.
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