Weegee (Arthur Fellig) (American, 1899-1968), Photographer and Model, 1950s. Gelatin silver print, 7 x 9 inches. Gift of Ellen and Alan Newberg; 2016:17.34

Weegee: Selections from the Collection

March 28, 2018 to July 01, 2018

Drawing from the major gift of eighty-five photographs by Weegee (Arthur Fellig), given to the JSMA in 2016 by Ellen and Alan Newberg, this thematic exhibition will present a selection of black-and-white photographic prints. Born in Austria in 1889, Weegee emigrated with his family to the U.S. in 1909. Working in New York as a freelance newspaper photographer, he specialized in recording the crime and violence that took place in the Lower East Side during the 1930s and ’40s. This exhibition examines images from this period, as well as those from later in his career when, as his fame grew, Weegee began to experiment with photographic manipulation. The exhibition is curated by Lucy Miller, a graduate student in the History of Art and Architecture, under the guidance of Danielle Knapp, McCosh Associate Curator.