[The Road West / Highway to the West, U.S. 54 in Southern New Mexico]

Object Details

Title:

[The Road West / Highway to the West, U.S. 54 in Southern New Mexico]

Artist/Maker(s):

Dorothea Lange (American, 1895 - 1965)

Culture:

American

Place(s):

New Mexico, United States (Place created)

Date:

negative 1938; print 1965

Medium:

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions:

18.7 x 23.8 cm (7 3/8 x 9 3/8 in.)

Copyright:

© Oakland Museum of California, the City of Oakland

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Dedicated to using the camera toward social ends, Lange spent several years documenting Depression-era conditions. In her efforts to record the effects of the economic decline on migrant labor, Lange here focused on a western expanse dominated by Highway 54. Stretching deep into the distance through a seemingly desolate landscape, the road was one that many families took west on their exodus from rural dust bowl conditions in Oklahoma.

Exhibitions
The Public Record: Photographs of the Great Depression from the J. Paul Getty Museum (March 10 to May 19, 2002)
  • Pomona College Museum of Art, (Claremont), March 10 to May 19, 2002
About Life: The Photographs of Dorothea Lange (October 15, 2002 to February 9, 2003)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 15, 2002 to February 9, 2003
In Focus: The Landscape (August 26, 2008 to January 11, 2009)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), August 26, 2008 to January 11, 2009