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Media Invited to Preview ‘Dorothea Lange’s America’ Featuring Some of the 20th Century’s Most Iconic Images



Please RSVP to Sarah Smith, Director of External Relations

Media are invited to preview “Dorothea Lange’s America” one day before it opens to the public. The exhibition presents Lange’s haunting photographs of 1930s and 1940s America and features 55 of the most iconic images of the 20th century.

Thursday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-noon   

Reynolda House Museum of American Art
2250 Reynolda Rd., Winston-Salem, N.C. 27106

Photographers and videographers will be invited to shoot non-flash photography and video in the exhibition gallery. Due to the sensitive nature of the photographs in the exhibition, auxiliary lighting is not allowed. High-resolution image files are available upon request.


·         Phil Archer – Betsy Main Babcock Deputy Director at Reynolda

·         Allison Slaby – Curator at Reynolda

·         Eric Aft – CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina

·         Paul Brownformer NPR journalist, award-winning musician, and host of “Across the Blue Ridge”

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The Great Depression was the catalyst for a tremendous outburst of creative energy in America’s photographic community. The devastation the country endured inspired a host of socially conscious photographers to capture the painful stories of the time. In Fall 2018, Reynolda House Museum of American Art will present Dorothea Lange’s America, an exhibition of original lifetime prints by the legendary documentary photographer.

Highlighting this exhibition are oversized exhibition prints of her seminal images from the Great Depression, including Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California from 1936—an emblematic picture that came to personify pride and resilience in the face of abject poverty in 1930s America. Lange’s photographs will be supplemented by photographs by other notable social documentarians of the era, including Walker Evans, Ben Shahn, Russell Lee, and Mike Disfarmer.

Throughout the season, Reynolda will invite the public to explore Lange’s art and the themes it evokes through a series of programs, a concert, complementary exhibitions at the museum and at Wake Forest University, and a collaboration with Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina.

At three after-hours programs at the museum, Reynolda House will waive its paid admission and invite the public to make donations to Second Harvest Food Bank and the museum. Catering throughout the season will be handled by Providence Catering, a social enterprise of Second Harvest’s Providence programs, and the museum’s exhibition brochure will include stories of food insecurity today alongside information about Lange and her subjects from the 1930s.

All works are from the collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg. This exhibition was organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions.