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Exhibition Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustration

Crime, Corruption, and Cover-Ups

Whether exposing or participating in government corruption, defrauding the Internal Revenue Service, demanding bribes, manipulating money, or spying, United States District Attorneys take on both notorious and mundane criminals. Artists create more than a record—they document meaningful moments during trials. Aggie Kenny proved that she was as much a journalist as an artist when she focused on Mark Felt and his red power tie during the Mitchell Stans trial, thirty-one years before his role in disclosing information on the Watergate cover-up to reporters was revealed. Artists often focus on particular elements of a trial and the theater of the court, sometimes capturing moments that are particularly poignant. When Elizabeth Williams drew Bernard Madoff being led away in handcuffs, she created an image that would allow thousands to feel vindicated.