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Art Meets Crime In Lecture At Bridgeport's Housatonic Museum Of Art

The Housatonic Museum of Art Presents a lecture, book signing and reception with Richard Vine, Managing Editor of Art in America, highlighting his debut novel, "SoHo Sins."
The Housatonic Museum of Art Presents a lecture, book signing and reception with Richard Vine, Managing Editor of Art in America, highlighting his debut novel, "SoHo Sins." Photo Credit: contributed

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- The Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport will present a lecture with Richard Vine, the managing editor of Art in America, on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

The lecture, titled “Art, Crime and SoHo Sins,” will highlight Vine's debut novel "SoHo Sins" followed by a book signing and reception with the author.

The lecture relates to the museum’s latest exhibition, "Rendezvous In Black," featuring two solo shows by artists Cindy Sherman and Ann Chernow.

The entirely black-and-white exhibition is inspired by film noir, a dark and edgy film style that emerged in the early 1940s, and is on display through Friday, Dec. 16.

Throughout history, art and crime have been deeply intertwined. Not only have artworks been the target of criminal behavior — vandalism, theft, and forgery — they have also frequently taken crimes as their subject matter: Andy Warhol’s “13 Most Wanted Men;” Weegee’s murder-victim photographs; Mike Kelley’s installation in response to serial killer John Wayne Gacy, according to a release from the Housatonic Museum.

Equally disturbing, artworks themselves have often been regarded as criminal acts, accused of sacrilege (Andres Serrano’s "Piss Christ"), obscenity (Robert Mapplethorpe’s “X Portfolio”), treason (Dread Scott’s "What Is the Proper Way to Display US Flag?"), and other malfeasance, the release said.

Finally, such recent events as the fraud charges brought against Knoedler Gallery personnel, and the release of the Panama Papers, confirming financial chicanery among top collectors, prompt one to ask if the contemporary art world is itself, in many respects, a criminal environment, according to the release.

In conjunction with the release of his art world crime novel "SoHo Sins," Vine, will analyze these and other related issues, drawing equally from art history, the news and his own noir fiction.

For additional information, call the museum at (203)-332-5052

The lecture will begin at 6 p.m.

The Housatonic Museum of Art  is at 900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport.

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