This exhibition presents approximately 100 photographs to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the artist's gift of her personal archive to the Oakland Museum of California. Drawing upon vintage prints, unedited proof sheets, personal memorabilia, and historic objects, this exhibition takes a unique approach to a beloved American photographer by examining how her artistry and advocacy swayed minds and prompted significant change in this nation's history. Also: contemporary works by photographers Ken Light, Jason Jaacks, and Janet Delaney demonstrate the continuing inspiration of Lange's vision, directly connecting to her legacy and current social and political issues such as homelessness, income inequality, racism, xenophobia, and immigration.
Fifty years ago, Dorothea Lange gifted her archives to OMCA—100 photographs, vintage prints, unedited proof sheets, ephemera, and historic objects have been selected from this treasure trove. From documentation of the Dust Bowl migrants of the Great Depression to that of the Japanese American internment camps, Lange offered uniquely poignant views that continue to resonate today.