Bruce Weber's "Haiti/Little Haiti" at MOCA North Miami
Posted by David Ozanich — 2 Dec 2010
Ingrid Sischy, woman about town, on what to see this weekend at Art Basel Miami:
One is a show of Bruce Weber's photographs of Little Haiti, the Haitian community in Miami. There's a real humanism to Bruce's photojournalism, like photojournalism from the 40s and 50s--and we rarely get to see it. I think it's going to be a very beautiful show.
The Weber show is on view at MOCA North Miami and runs through February 13th, 2011. From MOCA's press release comes this consideration of the exhibit:
Bruce Weber is renowned for revolutionizing fashion photography and the same formal elements that make his fashion and celebrity photographs so forceful contribute to the impact of his Haitian photographs. As Bonnie Clearwater [MOCA's Chief Curator] notes, "The strong sense that the figures exist in real space and can be touched, caressed, and embraced makes us feel as though we know or would like to know each of these individuals, and consequently we become concerned with their fate."
The Miami Herald also weighs in with an in-depth look at "Haiti/Little Haiti" which began as a 2003 magazine supplement published in their paper:
The show incorporates 75 photographs assembled in the museum's first gallery. Several of Weber's subjects -- Partners in Health's Dr. Paul Farmer; Cheryl Little of the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center; Marleine Bastien of Haitian Women of Miami -- are given the old Hollywood-portrait treatment, as if they were 1940s starlets. The fact that these serious people have been glamorized -- Bastien actually wound up in W -- does not diminish their seriousness: There's nothing bad in looking good.
An informative discussion of the show called "Insight Tracks" can be found at MOCA's website.