4.  Crime Stories: Photography and Foul Play

Photography as an art form can show us views we might never see in person, and people we will never meet. It allows us to see through time and over continents. This month, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will exhibit a form of photography seldom explored, with its new exhibit, Crime Stories: Photography and Foul Play. Here we’ll see photography used to gather evidence at crime scenes, identify suspects and report events from the 19th century ‘rogues’ galleries, along with works by contemporary artists.

This exhibit will feature 70 works from the Met collection that range in date from the 185os to present, and include such highlights as Alexander Gardner’s documentation of the events following the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Also on view will be a selection of vintage news photographs related to John Dillinger, the Jack Ruby shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald, and the bank surveillance from Patty Hearst’s abduction in 1974.

Crime Stories: Photography and Foul Play will be on view from March 7 through July 31, 2016 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A gallery talk on this exhibit will be held on March 23 from 10:30-11:30 am.