The Innocence Project
Commemorating 30 Years of Service
We're excited to share video from a powerful evening hosted in May 2022 with the Innocence Project. Above, watch the full event celebrating the organization's 30 years of service and the publication of an expanded 20th anniversary edition of Taryn Simon’s The Innocents, which documents the stories of individuals who were incarcerated for violent crimes they did not commit. The Innocents was first published in 2003 and was exhibited at MoMA PS1 that same year. An excerpt from the book is now available to read on MoMA's website.
Artist Mary Baxter moderated a conversation with Peter Neufeld, Barry Scheck, and Marvin Anderson about the work of the Innocence Project, the history and impact of Simon's The Innocents, the malleability and unreliability of memory, and the misuse of photography in criminal investigations. Then, Herman Atkins, Calvin Johnson, Chris Ochoa, and Tyra Patterson—four individuals whose wrongful convictions are detailed in Taryn Simon's The Innocents—shared live, unscripted stories about what they see—some more than 20 years later—when they look at the photos in which they’re featured from The Innocents. In addition to video of the full evening, you can find shorter excerpts of their stories below.
The Innocence Project is an independent non-profit organization that fights for fair, compassionate, and equitable systems of justice for everyone. Their work to free the innocent and prevent wrongful convictions is guided by science and grounded in anti-racism. MoMA PS1 has had a longstanding relationship with the Innocence Project since Taryn Simon’s exhibition The Innocents in 2003.