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January 19, 2012

Photo exhibit and lecture showcase work of Dorothea Lange

An exhibit of the Oregon photos of Depression-era photographer Dorothea Lange is on display Monday, Jan. 23, through Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Knight Law Center. “Dorothea Lange in Oregon, 1939,” belongs to the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission and is sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics.

In conjunction with the exhibit, the Wayne Morse Center is sponsoring a lecture by Anne Whiston Spirn, author of the award-winning “Daring to Look: Dorothea Lange’s Photographs and Reports from the Field,” which focuses on the year that Dorothea Lange spent documenting the lives of farm workers in the Pacific Northwest. Spirn shows how Lange’s art went beyond mere images and delved into issues of poverty, class, and public policy. The lecture takes place Jan. 24 at 4 p.m. in 110 Knight Law Center.

The photographs in the exhibit focus mainly on migrant families who traveled to Oregon to work on farms and create new lives for themselves. “Lange’s photos offer a vivid window on Depression-era Oregon, a vital part of our collective history,” said Wayne Morse Center director Margaret Hallock.

Spirn is an acclaimed photographer, as well as a professor of landscape architecture and planning at MIT. She has received numerous fellowships and awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship and the President’s Award of Excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Cosponsors include the UO Department of Landscape Architecture, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum ofArt, the UO School of Law, the UO History Department and the Oregon Humanities Center.

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