Friday, March 16 | 5-7p
March 17 - May 27, 2012 | North Gallery
In 1936, documentary photographer Dorothea Lange took five images of a 32-year-old mother of seven and a destitute pea picker on a migratory farm in California, including one image called, “Migrant Mother,” which became an icon of the Great Depression. Lange, on assignment for the Farm Security Administration (FSA), said that the woman told her that the family was subsisting on frozen vegetables and birds that her children killed.
Many of the FSA photographers, like Lange, are recognized today as leaders in documentary photography. Included in the exhibition are some of the first color photographs shot in the country by Russell Lee, Jack Delano, John Vashon and Marion Post Wolcott. The narrative and compositional qualities of this photography is outstanding, providing an intimate and personal look into the mood and spirit of a country and citizenship trying to establish itself.
Interactive Map | Explore the various locations around the country these photos were taken
May 15 | Lecture: Artists during the New Deal era, in their own words
May 22 | Lecture: FAC Museum Director Blake Milteer on Photography