Janice McDonnell: The Death Penalty Ladies Society
The Criminal Justice Gallery is located on the 5th floor of the Center for Law and Justice. Upon exiting the elevator, walk through the doors to the right.
Janice McDonnell writes: “Since the death penalty was reinstated in this country in 1976, twelve women have been executed… Drawing from John Singer Sargent’s portraiture for inspiration, I’ve recast these women in the role of socialites; portraying them in a new, genteel light, elevating their status in our society, and confronting the treatment of the privileged in today’s world. Their crimes were heinous, and their victims were real. And while not condoning their acts of violence, I question our double standards on how we as society judge its members.”
Janice McDonnell is a Brooklyn-based artist who studied at the Art Students League and Ohio State University. Her works have shown extensively in New York City since 2002.