Whitney Museum Exhibition: "You Do the Crime, You Do the Time"

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Letter written by NBC executive Stuart Schulberg

Letter written by Carlos Suarez, president of one of the gangs.

Clips of what was shown at The Whitney Museum in the exhibition.

"I encouraged members of the gangs to use the video camera to sketch the reality of their lives and relationships with one another and with the outside world. The camera in their hands is often a blunt instrument, but it seems to have a unique power to express the truth of their lives as they see them." 

“You Do The Crime, You Do The Time” Part I: Vickie, President of the Roman Queens (excerpt)

"You Do The Crime, You Do The Time" was given by Carlos «Charlie» Suarez, President of the Ghetto Brothers. A series of tapes, two hours of which have been shown internationally, was presented initially in 1978 at the Whitney Museum in New York. 

 Vickie with her daughter Jennifer.

Vickie with her daughter Jennifer.

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 Baba, Vickie's husband, with their newborn baby.

Baba, Vickie's husband, with their newborn baby.


“You Do The Crime, You Do The Time” Part II: The Trial, Roman Kings (excerpt)

"You Do The Crime, You Do The Time" was was given by Carlos «Charlie» Suarez, President of the Ghetto Brothers. A series of tapes, two hours of which have been shown internationally, was presented initially in 1978 at the Whitney Museum in New York. Video by Martine Barrat.

Martine with the gangs, working together. Photos by Helio Oiticica.



Images of people who came to see the show at the Whitney Museum.

 
 
 Pearl standing in a lot behind two buildings in the South Bronx.

Pearl standing in a lot behind two buildings in the South Bronx.

 Pearl of The Roman Kings, 20 years after the exhibition, with his elbow on a screen showing an image of his younger self attending a trial of the gang. He is wearing the same style of hat in both images.

Pearl of The Roman Kings, 20 years after the exhibition, with his elbow on a screen showing an image of his younger self attending a trial of the gang. He is wearing the same style of hat in both images.

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