Shots in the Dark: Photos by Weegee the Famous

April 17, 2010-January 23, 2011

Shots in the Dark: Photos by Weegee the Famous will showcase 48 works selected from the Museum’s recent major acquisition of 210 photographs by Arthur Fellig, the father of New York street photography better known as Weegee the Famous. Shots in the Dark is the first exhibition at the IMA featuring works by the photographer since the Museum acquired this extraordinary collection of photographs in 2008. The exhibition will explore a range of works that defined Weegee’s career, including photos of crime scenes in the 1930s, Harlem jazz clubs in the ’40s, audiences at Sinatra concerts or in darkened movie theaters taken surreptitiously with infrared film, strippers, transvestites, Greenwich Village coffee houses in the ’50s and portraits of the famous, shot through distorting lenses of his own devising.

Image: Weegee, Weegee with his Speed Graphic Camera, 1944, Gelatin silver print, Caroline Marmon Fesler Fund, Gift of the Alliance of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Roger G. Wolcott Fund, Nancy Foxwell Neuberger Acquisition Endowment Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore P. Van Vorhees Art Fund, Cecil F. Head Art Fund, James V. Sweetser Fund.

Shots in the Dark: Photos by Weegee the Famous Indianapolis Museum of Art 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN