Thursday, February 24, 2011

New Exhibition: Dorothea Lange’s "Three Mormon Towns"

Dorothea Lange's "Three Mormon Towns," Brigham Young University Museum of Art, January 20 - April 30, 2011

In 1953, Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams spent three weeks taking photographs in three southern Utah communities: Gunlock, St. George, and Toquerville. About 35 of these photographs were published in  the Life magazine article, Three Mormon Towns  (available online in Google Books).

Curator Diana Turnbow selected 62 photographs for "Dorothea Lange’s ‘Three Mormon Towns.'"  The website for the exhibit includes Turnbow's essay, "From Guggenheim Fellowship to Life Magazine: Dorothea Lange's Lasting Impression of Southern Utah;" Lange's initial layout for the article;  the original Life article; a brief video interview with Lange's son, Dan Dixon; and the photographs from the exhibit (see "Exhibition Checklist").

Linda Gordon's Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits (Norton, 2009) offers additional background about "Three Mormon Towns" (pages 367-369), including how the project strained the relationship between Lange and Adams. Gordon discusses Lange's life and photographs in a National Public Radio interview: Dorothea Lange: Drawing Beauty Out of Isolation (7 min, 48 sec).

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