Changing Views:
The Photography of
Dorothea Lange

Mar. 4 – Aug. 6, 2023

Explore a captivating and influential view of America through the lens of legendary documentary photographer, Dorothea Lange.

She documented America to awaken the nation’s conscience.

This exhibition features 30 photographs by legendary documentary photographer Dorothea Lange. Highlighting this show are prints of her iconic portraits from the Great Depression, World War II and beyond. Changing Views showcases the efforts of Lange and her fellow photographers to awaken the nation’s conscience during the 1930s.

Committed to social justice, Lange documented the harsh realities of people suffering from hunger, economic depression and migration. She had little interest in classifying her photographs as art; rather she made them to effect social change. Her work continues to resonate today.

Along with Lange’s photographs, the exhibition features other notable social documentarians of the era, including Walker Evans, Ben Shahn, Wright Morris, Mike Disfarmer and others. Interviews and photographs from four contemporary photographers also feature in the exhibition, showing how photography continues to be a tool for social justice movements today. Changing Views concludes with a digital showcase of Lange-inspired works by photography students from the Herron School of Art + Design, and a community photo slideshow – inviting everyone to pick up a camera and share images of human resilience from the world around them.

All works are from the collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg. This exhibition was organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions.

Plan your visit to see this exhibit

Share your experience with us on social using #ChangingViews and #EiteljorgMuseum in your posts.

How to visit: See exhibit Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sun 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Admission: Exhibit is included with the cost of museum admission.

Thank you to our sponsors of this exhibit.

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Contemporary Reflections

The exhibition concludes with a segment titled “Contemporary Reflections” which examines the work of four contemporary photographers, Josué Rivas, Nīa MacKnight, Mary Inhea Kang and Wildstyle Paschall, who follow in the tradition of Dorothea Lange.

Their work represents a diverse range of changing views and perspectives in the field of photography. Their modern-day approaches to social justice and photography offer guidance and inspiration to anyone who wants to pick up a camera and make a difference.

Meet the Photographers:

Digital Showcase – “Where do I live?”

Changing Views concludes with a digital showcase of Lange-inspired works by photography students from the Herron School of Art + Design. In fall 2022, photography students, under the guidance of professors Stefan Petranek and Asli Narin, created their own response to Lange’s question. Ranging from childhood memories to beauty standards, these works – on view via projection — offer a fresh perspective on the ways that cameras help us understand our lives.

Community Photo Submissions

Along with these profiles, we are asking you, the Indianapolis community, to share your photography with us that follows the prompts: Do you have photos of a time when you were advocating for someone’s rights or dignity? Or when your camera helped you see human resilience in difficult circumstances?

Visitors can submit their photos here and view the submissions in-person within the gallery.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Museum Info

Monday – Saturday:
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday:
Noon – 5 p.m.

500 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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