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Les Levine

Finch College Museum of Art

Les Levine’s show, “The Troubles: An Artist’s Document of Ulster,” also at Finch College, was an exhibit more in the legal sense, or in that of pedagogical museums of history, than an art exhibition on the situation in Northern Ireland. Photographs of Catholic and Protestant working people and British soldiers, in the various situations in which they find themselves today, appeared behind screens of barbed wire like that of the concentration camps used to intern Irishmen suspected of I.R.A. activities or of violence. Other rooms provided printed materials used by the various political factions, front pages of newspapers, works of folk art made by prisoners, a dark room in which a tape recorder played sound-torture material used by the British Army, and an absorbing home movie made by Levine using people directly involved in “The Troubles.”

As an exhibit it is a great success, and the

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