Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California
This selection of works focuses on family, domestic space, and the urban landscape. It brings together photographs from various traditions—including Conceptualism, still life, and social documentary—as well as a piece by a male quilter. Although they represent several generations of artists, often with differing creative practices and intents, these works each tell a story—sometimes obvious, sometimes implicit. Frequently they picture the home, especially the bedroom, encouraging us to contemplate the personal and private moments that make up a life. Shown together, these works ask us to think critically about the role played by the artist, particularly the photographer, in the creation and shaping of a narrative.
- Portfolio/Series: FSA [Farm Security Administration] Photographs
- Artist: Dorothea Lange, American, 1895-1965
- Medium: Gelatin silver photograph
- Dates: 1936; printed later
- Dimensions: Sheet: 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm) Image: 9 1/8 x 7 5/16 in. (23.2 x 18.6 cm)
- Inscriptions: stamped on verso : " FSA 9058C BY DOROTHEA LANGE 1936 MIGRANT MOTHER, NIPOMO, CALIFORNIA/ PRINTED BY BERKEY K & L CUSTOM SVCS. INC. 222 E. 44TH ST., NEW YORK, 10017/ UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF ARTHUR ROTHSTEIN"
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Contemporary Art Galleries, 4th Floor
- Accession Number: 1989.128.6
- Credit Line: Gift of Selma and Leonard Zoref
- Caption: Dorothea Lange (American, 1895-1965). Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California, 1936; printed later. Gelatin silver photograph, Sheet: 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Selma and Leonard Zoref, 1989.128.6
- Record Completeness: Poor (16%)