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Museum of Modern Art Presents Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures

Feb 09 Through May 09 | Sun |

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Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures, the first major solo exhibition of the photographer’s incisive work in over 50 years at the Museum of Modern Art (located at 11 West 53 Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues), opens to the public on Sunday, February 9. On view through May 9, 2020, Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures includes approximately 100 photographs drawn entirely from the Museum’s collection, paired with archival materials such as correspondence, historical publications, and oral histories. Organized by Sarah Meister, Words & Pictures will provide a deeper understanding of how Lange used her photography and words to urge photographers to reconnect with the world around them.

Toward the end of her life, Dorothea Lange (1895–1965) remarked, “All photographs—not only those that are so-called ‘documentary,’ and every photograph really is documentary and belongs in some place, has a place in history—can be fortified by words.” Organized loosely chronologically and spanning her career, the exhibition groups iconic works together with lesser known photographs and traces their varied relationships to words. The exhibition will also include contemporary voices, to examine the ways in which words inflect our understanding of Lange’s pictures. These new perspectives and responses from artists, scholars, critics, and writers, including Julie Ault, Wendy Red Star, and Rebecca Solnit, provide fresh insight into Lange’s practice.

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WHAT: Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures

WHEN: February 9–May 9, 2020

WHERE: The Museum of Modern Art 11 West 53rd St., between Fifth and Sixth avenues Floor Two, The Paul J. Sachs Galleries

Venue: Museum of Modern Art

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