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‘DOROTHEA LANGE’S AMERICA’ TO OPEN JUNE 8
Some of the most enduring images in American history will be coming to the Taubman Museum of Art with the opening of the new exhibit “Dorothea Lange’s America” on June 8. The show includes photographs by the renowned Dorothea Lange as well as 12 other individuals who turned a compassionate lens on the people and places that endured the devastation of the Great Depression.
Lange’s work was influential
Lange was perhaps the best-known of the photographers at work during the Great Depression. Born in New Jersey and educated at Columbia University, she apprenticed in photography at several New York studios before moving to San Francisco, where she launched a successful portrait business. Lange was married with two children when the Depression hit and she took her camera to the streets, where her efforts to capture the suffering of ordinary people not only led to a job with the federal Farm Security Administration but would have a lasting influence on the art of documentary photography.
Other photographers whose work will be on display include Michael Disfarmer, Arnold Eagle, Walker Evans, Lewis Hine, Russell Lee, Wright Morris, Arthur Rothstein, Ben Shahn, Doris Ulmann, John Vachon, Willard Van Dyke and Marion Post Wolcott. This remarkable exhibition depicts the many ravages of this critical American era, from the plight of migrant workers to the degradation of rural landscapes. All photos are from the collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg, and have been organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions. Dorothea Lange’s America will run through Aug. 11 in the Temporary Exhibition Gallery. A Members’ Preview Opening will be held Thursday, June 7.
The Taubman Museum of Art is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional hours include First Fridays for Art by Night from 5 to 8 p.m. (free), and First Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. General admission is $7; $6 for 65 and over; $3.75 for children 5-13; 4 and under free. Groups of 10 or more enjoy $2 off each admission (full adult price for guided group tours). For more information, please visit the museum’s website at taubmanmuseum.org, or call 540.342.5760.