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CS Gas and Purple Dye is fired at demonstrators at William Street.

Photograph by Robert White

Hidden Truths: Bloody Sunday, 1972
January 29 through March 5, 2000

Hidden Truths: Bloody Sunday, 1972 probes one of the great tragedies of recent Irish-Anglo history, the shooting by British soldiers of Irish civil rights protesters in Derry, Ireland, on Sunday, January 30, 1972. Part memorial, part social documentary, and part expressive response, the exhibition presents photographs, painted portrait-banners produced by artists living and working in Derry, audio and video documentation, and mementos and personal possessions of the victims as means to convey a sense of the experiences of those involved in Bloody Sunday.

Guest curated by Trisha Ziff, Hidden Truths features work by eighteen photographers including Fulvio Grimaldi, William L. Rukeyser and Colman Doyle. The exhibition was organized by the Centro de la Imagen, and originated by Track 16 Gallery, Santa Monica, California in collaboration with the Bloody Sunday Trust, Derry, and Irish Ethos. UCR Center for Ideas and Society has provided additional support.

To open the exhibition on Saturday, January 29, UCR/CMP will host a panel discussion, Truths and New Hopes: Unmasking Bloody Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. The panel's keynote speaker is the distinguished American Georgetown University law professor Sam Dash, a leading actor in American politics for the past two decades. Dash is considered the "father of the independent counsel law" and served as the chief counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee. More recently, Dash served as outside independent ethics advisor to Kenneth Starr before his resignation in protest in December 1998 because of Starr's serving as an advocate for impeachment. Dash also served as an independent investigator of the Bloody Sunday shootings. In Justice Denied: A Challenge to Lord Widgery's report on "Bloody Sunday," his report on the incident, Dash wrote, "It is not enough to set the record straight, as this report attempts to do. There remains the unfinished business to see that a full measure of justice is provided for those who were killed and wounded, as well as their families. Great Britain and the world cannot walk away from Bloody Sunday."

In addition to Dash, the panel will include Bloody Sunday photographer William Rukeyser; author Peter Pringle; Peter O'Neill, an eyewitness to the events; California Senator Tom Hayden who will place the events of Bloody Sunday within the political context of the early 1970s and Los Angeles in the late 1990s; Rita O'Hare, Sinn Féin Representative to the United States; and a local community representative who will address related issues of concern about the over use of official force and the shooting of Tyisha Miller by Riverside police officers in December, 1998. Exhibition curator Trisha Ziff will act as moderator.

Later that evening, UCR/CMP will host an opening night reception beginning at 7:00 p.m. To welcome the guests Dash will be joined by Irish born actress Fionnula Flanagan and Elaine Brotherton, a representative of the Bloody Sunday Trust and the families of Bloody Sunday. The reception will also feature live music by Peter McGowan and Marta Collier of the popular L.A. based Irish band Finn MacCool. At the reception, Finn MacCool will present their new CD.

The panel and reception are free and open to the public. A Catalog, Hidden Truths: Bloody Sunday, 1972 is available in UCR/CMP's museum store.


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