'Evidence' opens this week as part of MIA's 'New Pictures' series

Evidence No. 2; Angela Strassheim

Evidence No. 2; Angela Strassheim

Gallery 262 at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts will soon be adorned with a macabre collection of photos. As part of the museum's semi-annual "New Pictures" series, which highlights experiments in photography and new media related to today's culture, forensic photographer and MCAD graduate Angela Strassheim will be a featured artist.


The photos that make up "Evidence" include exterior shots of pleasant looking homes from various regions of the country. There are interior images of those houses as well, which are dark both visually and metaphorically. Instead of natural light, various surfaces in bedrooms, living rooms, and hallways are brought into focus as a result of glowing white splotches and smears that, thanks to shows like CSI and Law & Order, we know full well is the residue of physical violence.

The photos, which evoke feelings of loneliness and helplessness, have been taken with more of an artistic eye than a scientific one. A display of photos from local historical collections will accompanying Strassheim's photos for this exhibition.

On Thursday, March 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Angela Strassheim will discuss "Evidence" with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' curator of photography, David E. Little in the MCAD Auditorium 150.

"Evidence" will be on display from March 18 through October 9 at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis). This exhibition is free.