Perhaps best known for his iconic photos of beefcake Olympic athletes clad solely in tighty-whities for Calvin Klein, Bruce Weber is a fashion maverick whose provocative spreads regularly grace the pages of glossies such as GQ, Vogue, and Vanity Fair. But since 2003, the free-spirited shutterbug has focused his lens on the local Haitian community in Liberty City, Little Haiti, and other immigrant enclaves. He has documented the plight of those who have risked their lives crossing the Florida Straits to our shores, often fleeing political oppression or economic despair. Bruce Weber: Haiti/Little Haiti, on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art through February 13, features 75 of the storied photographers stirring images of Miamis Haitians, many of whom have faced incarceration or risked deportation after arriving here. The exhibition is an amazing testament to Webers talent for capturing the strength, pride, and resiliency of his subjects, says Bonnie Clearwater, the exhibits curator and MOCAs director. He has a keen ability to take a general conception of one of our most vital communities and powerfully convey through his photographs a sense of dignity and soulfulness. The museum is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday from 1 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Nov. 23. Continues through Feb. 13, 2010