Crime Unseen: Upcoming Events

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Corinne May Botz, Three Room Dwelling (gun in kitchen), 2004; Courtesy of the artist.


When it was invented, photography almost immediately became a tool for law enforcement, turning photographs into a seemingly infallible way to identify criminals, document evidence and solve crimes. Our current exhibition, Crime Unseen, looks into the ways that photography works–and doesn’t work–as an objective way to solve violent crime.

The following events will take place in conjunction with Crime Unseen, which runs through January 15, 2012:

Thursday, November 10: Exhibiting artist Deborah Luster will discuss her archive of contemporary and historic homicide sites in New Orleans–a city with a homicide rate nearly eight times the national average–creating a complex portrait of loss and remembrance. 6pm @ Ferguson Lecture Hall, 600 S. Michigan, 1st floor.

Tuesday, November 15: Acclaimed writer Luc Sante will examine criminal evidence captured within more than 100 unpublished photographs from the New York City Police Department’s 1930s files. 6 p.m. @ Hokin Lecture Hall, 623 S. Wabash, Room 109.

Thursday, December 1: Exhibiting artist Corinne May Botz will literally bring viewers to the home of her photography: the Glessner House, where criminologist and heiress Frances Glessner Lee created models based on actual homicides, suicides and accidental deaths in order to train detectives to assess visual evidence. 6 p.m. @ Glessner House Museum, 1800 S. Prairie Ave., Chicago.