Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Dorothea Lange

signature image

Dorothea Lange. Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children. Age thirty-two. Nipomo, California, known as Migrant Mother, 1936. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C.

Dorothea Lange
b. 1895, Hoboken, New Jersey; d. 1965, San Francisco

Social-documentary photographer Dorothea Lange is best known for her haunting—and now iconic—portraits of migrant workers during the Great Depression. She studied photography at Columbia University with Clarence H. White and in 1919 opened a portrait studio in San Francisco. When the Depression began, she photographed the signs of economic decline around the city and, in 1935, was hired by the Resettlement Administration (later the Farm Security Administration, FSA) to document the condition of agricultural workers displaced by the Dust Bowl. These images were published in An American Exodus: A Record of Erosion (1939), with text by her husband, the economist Paul Taylor. In 1941, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship, which she used to document the detention of Japanese Americans during World War II. After the war, until 1951, illness prevented her from working. In the mid-fifties, she was a photographer for Life magazine. Numerous exhibitions have been devoted to her work, including a 1966 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Related Place Setting

Georgia O'Keeffe

Related Heritage Floor Entries

Dorothy Arzner
Marie Bashkirtsev
Sarah Bernhardt
Rosa Bonheur
Julia Cameron
Emily Carr
Mary Cassatt
Imogen Cunningham
Sonia Delaunay
Maya Deren
Isadora Duncan
Eleanor Duse
Edith Evans
Natalia Goncharova
Martha Graham
Eileen Gray
Sophia Haydn
Katharine Hepburn
Barbara Hepworth

Hannah Hoch
Harriet Hosmer
Frida Kahlo
Ida Kaminska
Gertrude Kasebier
Kathe Kollwitz
Marie Laurencin
Mary Louise McLaughlin
Paula Modersohn-Becker
Julia Morgan
Berthe Morisot
Gabriele M√ľnter
Louise Nevelson
Elizabeth Ney
Anna Pavlova
Augusta Savage
Sophie Taeuber-Arp
Suzanne Valadon

SEARCH