Dorothea Lange’s America

Friday, June 8, 2012 - Saturday, August 11, 2012

With the collapse of the stock market in 1929 and the Great Depression that followed, America saw more than 45 million citizens cast into abject poverty. In the midst of staggering hardship, the Great Depression also generated a tremendous outburst of creative energy in America's photographic community. At the center of the photographers documenting rural conditions, migrant workers, suffering families, and ravaged landscapes was Dorothea Lange, whose photographs from this era have become icons in American cultural history. This remarkable exhibition examines Lange's strikingly empathetic photographs along with the work of other important socially conscious photographers of the period.

All works are from the collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg. This exhibition was organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions.

Exhibition sponsored by         


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