The work of Dorothea Lange is some of the most recognizable photography in American art history, as the late documentary photographer chronicled some of our nation’s most crucial times through her lens. And visitors of the Huntsville Museum of Art will get a chance soon to see her work on display.
Dorothea Lange’s America, beginning May 15, showcases 30 original lifetime prints by Lange dating from 1929 to 1964, and is supplemented with 25 photographs by 11 other notable social artists of the era.
Lange’s work and her legacy
Lange’s iconic images of migrant workers, suffering families and tattered landscapes during the Great Depression became some of the most important work and most definitive photo art of the era.
The importance of her Depression-era work was recognized almost immediately and led to a long and fruitful collaboration with the New Deal’s Farm Security Administration. After World War II, she was the first woman photographer awarded a Guggenheim fellowship, helped found Aperture magazine and was honored by the Museum of Modern Art with a career retrospective.
Lange died in 1965 at the age of 70. Three months after her death, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City mounted a retrospective of her work that Lange had helped to curate. It was MoMA’s first retrospective solo exhibit of a female photographer.
Where and when to see Lange’s work in Huntsville
The Dorothea Lange exhibit opens at the HMA May 15 and runs through August 7.
The exhibition will be on display in the Adtran, Jurenko and Thurber galleries of the museum and will be included with the general price of admission. Admission can be purchased at the front desk in the lobby of the Museum or online here.