The Museum of Contemporary Art Shows Weegee’s Hollwood Photographs

artwork: Weegee - "Animal 'Oscars'”, ca. 1951 - Courtesy the International Center of Photography - © Weegee/International Center of Photography/Getty Images. On view at MOCA, Los Angeles in "Naked Hollywood: Weegee in Los Angeles" until February 27th 2012.

Los Angeles, CA.- The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) presents “Naked Hollywood: Weegee in Los Angeles”, the first museum survey devoted to the work the that the tabloid photographer known as Weegee produced in Southern California, including his 1953 photo-book Naked Hollywood. The exhibition will be on view at MOCA Grand Avenue through February 27th 2012, and opened  to coincide with MOCA’s 2011 gala. In 1947, Weegee relocated from New York City to Los Angeles, abandoning the grisly crime scenes for which he was best known and training his camera instead on Hollywood stars, strip tease artists, costume shops, and naked mannequins, sometimes distorted through trick lenses and combination printing. “Now I could really photograph the subjects I liked,” said Weegee of his newfound career in Los Angeles, “I was free.”