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MUSE/IQUE: Uncovering the Untold Story of the Hollywood Blacklist

Published on May 29, 2023

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens will host an intriguing event presented by MUSE/IQUE, on Wednesday and Thursday, June 21 and 22, shedding light on a dark chapter in Hollywood history. Titled “THE UNAMERICANS: Free Expression and the Undoing of the Hollywood Blacklist,” this event aims to explore the impact of the infamous Hollywood blacklist of the 1940s and 1950s on the film industry and the enduring power of music in the face of censorship.

Performed by MUSE/IQUE, a member-supported, nonprofit performing arts organization, the event will delve into the intersection of politics, art, and social dynamics during a time when many film and music creators faced severe censorship due to their alleged communist ties or sympathies. The Hollywood blacklist, a far-reaching practice that denied employment opportunities to individuals in the entertainment industry, had a profound effect on actors, directors, producers, screenwriters, and countless others.

Highlighting the resilience of artists who refused to be silenced, “THE UNAMERICANS” will explore how music rose above scandalous propaganda to define the true American sound. The event takes on added significance in connection with the ongoing exhibition, “Blacklist: The Hollywood Red Scare,” currently presented at The Skirball Cultural Center.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain insight into the Hollywood blacklist and its far-reaching effects on the film industry. Join MUSE/IQUE at The Huntington on June 21 and 22 to unravel the untold stories of the artists who dared to challenge the status quo and make their mark on American culture. Doors open at 6:30 and the program begins at 7:30 p.m.

MUSE/IQUE is a member-driven organization. Membership gives you admissions to 12 months of MUSE/IQUE events, beginning the moment you sign up! The more you give, the more you support them in their mission to bring life-changing live music to all. For more information on membership visit: or call (626) 844-7703.

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens is located at 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino.


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