More American Photographs


California Museum of Photography

September 28, 2013 - January 11, 2014



As the United States slowly emerges from its most significant economic downturn since the Great Depression, the California Museum of Photography at UCR ARTSblock will present a selection of photographs from the well-known Farm Security Administration program (1935-44). For More American Photographs, twelve contemporary photographers were commissioned to travel the United States, documenting its land and people. This exhibition will present the resulting photographs alongside a number of the original images by the FSA photographers.

The exhibition features new commissions by artists Walead Beshty, Larry Clark, Roe Ethridge, Katy Grannan, William E. Jones, Sharon Lockhart, Catherine Opie, Martha Rosler, Collier Schorr, Stephen Shore, Alec Soth, and Hank Willis Thomas. Also included are historical photographs by Esther Bubley, John Collier, Marjory Collins, Jack Delano, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, Edwin Locke, Pare Lorentz, Carl Mydans, Gordon Parks, Arthur Rothstein, Ben Shahn, John Vachon, Marion Post Wolcott, and other anonymous FSA photographers.

This exhibition is organized by the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco.

Image: Dorothea Lange, Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children. Age thirty-two. Nipomo, California, 1936 (detail). Courtesy the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.



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