Oct 01 - 31 2017
Dignity vs. Despair: Dorothea Lange and Depression-Era Photographers, 1933–1941 (*) presented by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City MO

Dignity vs. Despair: Dorothea Lange and Depression-Era Photographers, 1933–1941 (*)

Presented by The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

After the stock market crash in 1929, the United States experienced a deep and long lasting economic depression. Fortunes were lost and many found themselves jobless and homeless. Farms were destroyed due to drought and extreme soil erosion.

The Farm Security Administration (FSA), created in response to the Great Depression, provided loans to farmers, resettlement options for destitute families, and camps for migrant workers. Governmental agencies like the FSA saw photography as an effective way to document the disaster—to show the need for federal aid and to prompt legislative action.

Highlighting the work of five photographers— Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Arthur Rothstein, Marion Post Wolcott and Peter Sekaer, this exhibition features images of urban hardship, the plight of the migrant worker, and poverty in the South. The integration of images with the photographers’ own words—excerpted from captions, field notes, and interviews—gives a poignant look at one of the most difficult times in U.S. history.

Admission Info

Free Admission

Phone: 816-751-1278

Email: ask@nelson-atkins.org

Dates & Times

2017/10/01 - 2017/10/31

Location Info

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO 64111

Parking Info

Entrance to the Parking Garage is off Oak Street, just south of 45th Street. The garage is fully ADA accessible. Parking is $12 per car | Free for members A free lot at the corner of 45th Street and Rockhill Road is available first come, first served. Public parking may not be available there during special events.

Accessibility Info

American Sign Language interpreters are available free of charge for talks and presentations. To schedule an interpreter, please contact communityprograms@nelson-atkins.org or call 816-751-0441. Please allow two weeks’ notice to schedule an interpreter.