Saturday, October 28, 2017

Saturday Short

On October 22, I headed to downtown Washington, D.C., to see the Renwick Gallery's remarkable exhibition "Murder Is Her Hobby: Francis Glessner Lee and the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death". Occupying the gallery's first floor, the exhibition, which continues through January 28, 2018, features Glessner Lee's miniature composites of true crime scenes; dollhouse-size, the models are incredibly exacting in detail and a true test of one's observational capacities (one look is enough to understand why the models are still used to train homicide detectives).

Susan Marks, a documentary filmmaker and screenwriter who has already made one film about Glessner Lee, Of Dolls & Murder, will be at the Renwick on November 18, when she will screen and talk about her second film about Glessner Lee, Murder in a Nutshell: The Frances Glessner Lee Story (2017), the trailer for which appears below. I hope to be there.

Sarah Zhang, "How a Gilded-Age Heiress Became the 'Mother of Forensic Science'", The Atlantic, October 14, 2017.

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