"The Blame Show" opens at Fairfield University's Lukacs Gallery


"The Blame Show," an eclectic collection of current art, will be on display Tuesday, Oct. 15 through Wednesday, Nov. 6 at Fairfield University's Lukacs Gallery, Loyola Hall, Room 17. The exhibit opens with a reception Oct. 15 from 5 to 5:30 p.m. followed by a half-hour lecture, "The Blame Show Live: Polite, Politic and Political," by curators/artists Larry Litt and Eleanor Heartney.

"The Blame Show" is devoted to topical, political and satirical videos, visual art and graphics from a diverse group of artists and writers. Sponsored in part by the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Coalition Against Censorship, the exhibit is an expression of the political crises created after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, the war that continues today, censorship and other important topics.

"It's inspired by the need to give voice to the loyal opposition. There are voices out there that aren't being heard," Ms. Heartney said. "And if we aren't behind all of it, it doesn't mean we're traitors."

The cornerstone of the exhibit is "The Blame Show," a video by Mr. Litt. In December 2001 and January 2002, he videotaped about 90 ordinary people discussing their post-Sept. 11 views on "the current homeland situation." The 13-minute video which the New York Times called "wryly conceived and politically provocative," presents a range of opinions from gung-ho hawk to pacifist.

The show features several cartoons by Dan Perkins, whose Tom Tomorrow appears in The Nation and The Village Voice, a list of political satire websites and graphics, posters and stickers from the "Your Right Not to Remain Silent" project created by ACLU design director Sara Glover. National Coalition Against Censorship Arts Advocacy Coordinator Svetlana Mintcheva offers her "Censorship Timeline: 1989-2002," which details specific acts of censorship.

Also included in the exhibit are: works by Tim Rollins and the Kids of Survival; The Political Artists Open Interactive Media Lab; graphics and posters from the Artists Network of Refuse and Resist; and other pieces.

The Lukacs Gallery is open weekday afternoons and several evenings a week. Admission is free. For more information and specific gallery hours, call (203) 254-4000, ext. 2476.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on September 14, 2002

Vol. 35, No. 20