Dual Exhibition opens at the Loveland Museum/Gallery | Arts & Culture
The Loveland Museum/Gallery announces the opening of the dual exhibition Hobos to Street People and Dorothea Lange: Precarious Lives on Thursday, June 21st at 5 pm. An opening reception will be held that evening from 5 – 7 pm and will feature a Curator’s Gallery Talk with Art Hazelwood at 5:30 pm. The exhibit will be on display from June 21 through August 12, 2012.
Hobos to Street People compares artistic interpretations of homelessness from the Dust Bowl migrants of the 1930s to the stigmatized street people of today. Over the years, artists have explored different aspects of poverty and homelessness. In the Great Depression of the 1930s many artists for the first time in US history began to address issues of human rights, including homelessness. The work of artists such as Dorothea Lange often appeared in popular magazines and profoundly influenced attitudes towards poverty. From World War II through the 1980s, artists tended to portray the homeless as unworthy of the government's interest. Contemporary artists are witnessing, documenting, and commenting on today's poverty in ways more akin to the artists of the Depression era. Artists are not only observers, but have actively found ways to influence society through their work. This exhibition reflects this evolution and examines one of the most fundamental of human needs: shelter.
Dorothea Lange’s portraits have etched the faces of the forgotten and the poor into the American memory. Formally educated in New York City, Lange began as a portrait photographer in California. With the Great Depression, Lange turned her camera lens from the studio to the street. Her studies of unemployed and homeless people captured the attention of local photographers and led to her employment with the federal Resettlement Administration (RA), later called the Farm Security Administration (FSA). From 1935 to 1939, Lange’s work for the RA and FSA brought the plight of the poor and forgotten to public attention. Her poignant images became icons of the era. Through 28 photographs this exhibit explores Lange’s groundbreaking work of the 1930s. The stark suffering in her images exposes the critical need for respect and compassion that transcends time.
Visitors are invited to experience the art in-depth with special programming offered throughout the exhibit run. Guided tours will be offered each Friday at 12 pm and are included with the admission. A downloadable cell phone tour is available from the website directly at: http://www.cityofloveland.org/index.aspx?page=1822
Exhibit programs are free unless otherwise noted:
CURATOR’S GALLERY TALK
Thursday, June 21
Saturday, June 23
Thursday, June 28
Personal Loveland stories paired with local solutions. Facilitated by Mayor Cecil Gutierrez.
TEEN BOOK GROUP
Thursdays, June 28 & July 26
12:30 – 2:30 pm
Can’t Get There from Here by Todd Strasser, is about a homeless teen named Maybe. In this two-day workshop, teens will receive a free book, tour the Museum exhibit and talk about the book and teen homelessness. *Registration required.
UNTIL THEY HAVE FACES
Saturday, June 30
Boulder’s Project Revive will talk about their book Until They Have Faces: Stories of Recovery, Resilience and Redemption and offer book sales and signing.
POVERTY SIMULATION EXERCISE
Thursday, July 12
5 – 7 pm
Poverty Simulations are an experiential opportunity for those not living in poverty to engage in a hands-on activity to learn more. Please call the Museum to reserve your spot. *Registration requested.
THE SLEEPING BAG PROJECT UGLY QUILT EVENT
Saturday, July 14
10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Come help make an Ugly Quilt with master quilter Judith Trager. The Ugly Quilts are then made into sleeping bags for local homeless. *Registration requested.
A LOOK AT POVERTY IN LARIMER COUNTY
Thursday, July 19
Over 41,000 people in our community live in poverty making life a daily struggle. Learn more about United Way’s goal to cut poverty in half in Larimer County by 2025. Presented by Darcy McClure.
CHILD OF GIANTS
Tuesday, July 24
Rialto Theater Center
A documentary by Tom Ropelewski, Child of Giants provides an inside view of two of America’s most visionary artists, Dorothea Lange and Maynard Dixon.
Thursday, July 26
A look at the issues of migration, Dust Bowl migrants and homelessness during the Great Depression with Dr. Robert Gudmestad, Associate Professor of History, CSU.
BRIDGES OUT OF POVERTY
Thursday, August 2
Explore the experience of poverty and identify the barriers present in our community which keep people in poverty. Presented by Marija Weeden-Osborn, MSW.
Hobos to Street People is an Exhibit Envoy traveling exhibition funded by the James Irvine Foundation, LEF Foundation, and Fleishhacker Foundation.
Dorothea Lange: Precarious Lives is made possible by loans from Roy Stryker Papers, Photographic Archives, University of Louisville and Lumière Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia.
The Loveland Museum/Gallery is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Thursdays 10:00 am - 7:00 pm; Saturdays 10:00 am - 4:00 pm; Sundays 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm; Closed Mondays. Admission to the exhibition is $5 per person, free for Museum Members. For more information, please call the Loveland Museum/Gallery at 970-962-2410. The Loveland Museum/Gallery is located at 503 N Lincoln Avenue, the corner of 5th and Lincoln, in Loveland, Colorado.
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