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Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing | Exhibition and Public Programs

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73111
February 15, 2020 - May 10, 2020 Monday - Saturday 10:00 AM — 5:00 PM | Sunday 12:00 PM — 5:00 PM

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Through the lens of her camera, Dorothea Lange documented American life with riveting, intimate photographs that portrayed some of the most powerful moments of the 20th century. Lange was driven by the belief that seeing the effects of injustice could provoke reform and, just perhaps, change the world. From documenting the plight of Dust Bowl migrants during the Great Depression to illuminating the grim conditions of incarcerated Japanese Americans during World War II, Lange’s photographs demonstrate how empathy and compassion—focused through art—can sway minds and prompt change throughout this nation’s history. See how Lange’s work continues to resonate with millions and inspire new generations of artist-activists, illustrating the power of photography as a form of social activism.

Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing is organized by the Oakland Museum of California. The exhibition is supported in part by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board and the Henry Luce Foundation. Funding for this exhibition and related programs is provided in part by an Anonymous Donor, Susan J. Roeder, Oklahoma Humanities (OH) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed do not necessarily reflect those of OH or NEH.

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