The Great Depression was the catalyst for a tremendous outburst of creative energy in America’s photographic community. The devastation the country endured inspired a host of socially conscious photographers to capture the painful stories of the time. In Fall 2018, Reynolda House Museum of American Art will present Dorothea Lange’s America, a focused exhibition of original lifetime prints by the legendary documentary photographer.
Highlighting this exhibition are oversized exhibition prints of her seminal images from the Great Depression, including Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California from 1936—an emblematic picture that came to personify pride and resilience in the face of abject poverty in 1930s America. Lange’s photographs will be supplemented by photographs by other notable social documentarians of the era, including Walker Evans, Ben Shahn, Russell Lee, and Mike Disfarmer.
All works are from the collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg. This exhibition was organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions.
Image: Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA/OWI Collection, LC-DIG-fsa-8b29516