Museum Home Past Exhibitions About Life: The Photographs of Dorothea Lange

October 15, 2002–February 9, 2003 at the Getty Center


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California in the 1930s: The Documentarian Impulse
Kevin Starr, state librarian and professor of history at University of Southern California, lectures on the vital coalescence of such disparate art forms as the novel, photography, mural art, journalism, and even government reports to document the anguish of the Great Depression.

Sunday, October 27, 4:00 p.m.

Frames of Reference: Photographers on Photography
Photographer Mary Ellen Mark speaks about her work recording difficult subjects during travels across the United States, Mexico, and India. Like Dorothea Lange, Mark has documented the realities of homelessness in the United States. Her lecture includes some of these images as well as her record of women's lives in a U.S. mental hospital and in an Indian brothel.

Sunday, November 17, 4:00 p.m.


Gordon Getty Concert
From the Dustbowl to Nashville
A musical tribute to Dorothea Lange with Buddy and Julie Miller, and Tim Easton. Inspired by the Depression-era photography of Lange, these three singer/songwriters from Texas, Ohio, and Tennessee blend soulful Americana with blues-tinted country and dusty rock and roll—a musical odyssey through the soul of America. Complements the exhibition About Life: The Photographs of Dorothea Lange. Produced by Community Arts Resources.
Tickets: $20; students/seniors $15

Saturday, January 11, 2003, 8:00 p.m.

Destitute Pea-Pickers / Lange

Point-of-View Talks

Talks are held at 6:00 and 7:30 p.m. in the Museum galleries. Sign up at the Museum Information Desk beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Clarence Williams, a staff photojournalist for the Los Angeles Times and founding member of the Iris Photo Collective, discusses the exhibition About Life: The Photographs of Dorothea Lange.

Friday, December 13

Donna Granata, a portrait photographer and founder and executive director of Focus on the Masters, discusses the exhibition The Grapes of Wrath: Horace Bristol's California Photographs.

Friday, January 17, 2003

Statewide Reading Program

"California Stories: Reading The Grapes of Wrath," encourages Californians to read and discuss John Steinbeck's classic novel during October 2002. The program is sponsored by the California Council for the Humanities in partnership with the California Center for the Book. Visit for related events.