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Photography\, with its special capacity for identification\, observation\, and implication\, allows for u nique access to and evidence of dramatic\, often traumatic\, events. In cri me\, the notion of truth is imperative\, and photographs are used as eviden ce and in the service of identifying perpetrators\, sometimes mistakenly. P hotographs also allow us voyeuristic access to the events\, and play a majo r role in how they are remembered and recorded. All of the artists in Crime Unseen grapple with a re-telling of disturbing events\, ranging from viole nt murder to “softer” crimes. In addition to contemporary works\, the museu m will present a selection of photographs from the collection of the Chicag o History Museum’s Chicago Daily News archive dating from the 1920s and 30s . These will include images of some of Chicago’s most notorious burglars\, murderers\, gangsters and crime scenes. In addition to this historical loca l context\, artist Krista Wortendyke will recreate her Chicago Killing Seas on installation in the museum’s print study room\, which will chart the num ber of murders in Chicago during the exhibition dates one year ago.

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Contemporary artists such as Christian Patte rson\, Angela Strassheim\, Richard Barnes and Deborah Luster document real places and objects associated with violent murder. Their photographs incorp orate or reference the techniques of photojournalism\, forensic photography \, and documentary landscape. On a conceptual level\, the work deals with a charged landscape and actively engages with myth and reality as it present s and expands the various facts and theories surrounding the crimes.

\n< p style="text-align: justify\;">In a more documentary mode\, Taryn Simon re tells the stories of people who were wrongly convinced and then exonerated through DNA evidence. Corinne May Botz photographs the macabre dollhouses b uilt by Chicagoan Frances Glessner Lee in the 1930s and 40s that were used to train detectives to search for evidence at crime scenes. And as a contem porary update to the historical newspaper photographs\, Christopher Dawson chronicles the elaborate production required for the televising of crime on 24-hour news channels as he explores our fascination with violent events.< /p> DTEND:20120115 DTSTAMP:20140830T082036 DTSTART:20111028 GEO:41.8741402;-87.6244614 LOCATION:Museum of Contemporary Photography\,Columbia College Chicago 600 S . Michigan Ave.\nChicago\, IL 60605 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Crime Unseen\, Richard Barnes\, Corinne May Botz\, Christopher Daws on\, Deborah Luster\, Christian Patterson\, Taryn Simon\, Angela Strassheim \, Krista Wortendyke UID:181666 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20111027T190000 DTSTAMP:20140830T082036 DTSTART:20111027T160000 GEO:41.8741402;-87.6244614 LOCATION:Museum of Contemporary Photography\,Columbia College Chicago 600 S . Michigan Ave.\nChicago\, IL 60605 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Crime Unseen\, Richard Barnes\, Corinne May Botz\, Christopher Daws on\, Deborah Luster\, Christian Patterson\, Taryn Simon\, Angela Strassheim \, Krista Wortendyke UID:181667 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR