True Crime Opening Reception

February 18, 2016 - February 18, 2016
Doheny Memorial Library

Join us for the opening reception for our spring 2016 exhibition, True Crime. On display will be works tracing the history of detectives in the popular imagination, from Sherlock Holmes to Veronica Mars. While police detectives use crime scene clues, forensic experts, and informants to "solve" a case, private ones do not have the luxury of having the law entirely on their side and sometimes resort to less savory tactics to get their information—practices that pose moral quandaries about the boundaries between justice and legality. 

The reception will be preceded by a Visions & Voices panel discussion about the crafts of crime writing and crime solving, as well as the noir myth of Los Angeles, with novelist Walter Mosley; Andrew Marlowe, creator of the acclaimed TV series Castle; and former LAPD Detective and current Director of the Los Angeles Police Museum Glynn Martin. Screenwriter and USC School of Cinematic Arts professor Howard Rodman will moderate.

The exhibition will be on view in Doheny Library's first-floor Treasure Room from February 18 – May 31, 2016.