September 9 – November 11, 2017
Opening reception Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 5 – 8 pm
On September 9, 2017, PDNB Gallery will be exhibiting for the first time, photographs of the infamous Texas criminals, Bonnie & Clyde. These historical photographs are from the personal collection of PDNB Gallery Director, Burt Finger. This exhibition highlights the deadly aftermath of a two-year manhunt for America's most romanticized criminal couple. Warning: Parental Discretion advised due to vivid imagery of the crime scene.
Bonnie Elizabeth Parker (b. 1910, Rowena, Texas) and Clyde Chestnut Barrow (b.1909 Telico, Texas) first met in 1930, in East Dallas where they had both previously relocated with family. It wasn't long after meeting and falling in love with Bonnie that ex-convict Clyde was imprisoned for auto theft. A lovesick Bonnie helped Clyde escape prison by smuggling him a gun. He was captured shortly after his escape and released in 1932. Bonnie and Clyde were reunited and began their two year long crime spree with gang members W.D. Jones, Raymond Hamilton, Joe Palmer, Ralph Fults, Henry Methvin, and Clyde's older brother Buck Barrow and his wife, Blanche. They ruthlessly robbed banks and small businesses across the South while killing anyone who threatened their actions. The FBI deployed law enforcement later that year with the number of murdered police officials rising on account of Bonnie and Clyde.
During the “Public Enemy Era” of the early 30's with criminal superstars as John Dillinger, Pretty Boy Floyd and Al Capone, the American public became enamored with Bonnie and Clyde's exploits. In 1933, after a police shootout in a Joplin, Missouri hideout, Bonnie and Clyde left two police officers dead and a roll of undeveloped film. The discovered film showed the couple posed as stereotypical outlaws with guns, cigars, and cars. These images sensationalized Bonnie and Clyde to full stardom when the Joplin Globe had them published.
On May 23, 1934, a team led by Texas Ranger captain, Frank Hamer, tracked down Bonnie and Clyde in Louisiana where they would ambush the couple on Highway 54. It was documented that 107 rounds of bullets were shot in less than 2 minutes. Many bullets shot through the car, both bodies, then out the other side. Each body had been hit fifty times each. Though this was a long awaited victory for justice, America's dangerous sweethearts were gone.
The exhibition features photographs of the ambush aftermath: the get away car, Texas Ranger Captain, Frank Hamer, and a post mortem of the couple. Also included is an earlier photograph, “Bonnie & Clyde, Kissing & Embracing.”
The exhibition will be on view from September 9 – November 11, 2017.
Opening reception will take place, Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 5 - 8 pm
American Experience: Bonnie & Clyde
Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 2 pm & 4 pm