Crime Unseen opens Thursday with a Gallery Talk and Reception


Christian Patterson, House at Night; Courtesy of the artist.


Angela Strassheim, Evidence No. 4; Courtesy of the artist.

When a violent crime happens, it sends a shock that can be felt long afterward in the people and places affected. Our newest exhibition, Crime Unseen, explores the lingering affects of violent crime. Join us on Thursday, for a preview of the exhibition with a gallery talk and reception from 4 to 7 p.m.

Beginning at 4 p.m., exhibiting artists Angela Strassheim and Christian Patterson will lead guests through the museum, discussing the pieces they have on display, all of which examine real-life crime scenes long after the crimes have been committed.

From 5 to 7 p.m., guests can mingle with the visiting artists and get a sneak-peek of the exhibition, which opens on Friday. Admission is free and open to the public.

Crime Unseen, which runs through January 15, 2012, features work by Richard Barnes, Corinne May Botz, Christopher Dawson, Deborah Luster, Christian Patterson, Taryn Simon, Angela Strassheim and Krista Wortendyke. To learn more about the exhibition, read curator Karen Irvine�??s curatorial essay.

More about the lecture artists:

In her work, Strassheim seeks out homes where violent acts and murders have occurred. Using a chemical spray called Blue Star, she reveals remnants of blood remaining on surfaces long after they have been cleaned and repainted, exposing the disconnect between the banality of seemingly normal surfaces and the violent history sometimes concealed within.

Similarly, Patterson exposes the long life of violent crime by following the trail of teenage lovers Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate, who, in the winter of 1957-58, committed a string of murders in Nebraska and Wyoming. By taking photographs and documents stemming directly from their crimes, Patterson focuses on the inherent emotional responses people have toward these objects even before they know the objects’ dark origins.