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Dorthea Lange: Human DocumentsNovember 16, 2000 - November 3, 2001At the same time Dixon introduced his best work, Lange emerged from the confines of her studio to become one of the most respected photojournalists of her time. Among the featured photographs is Lange's "Migrant Mother".The years that Dorothea Lange and Maynard Dixon were together, 1920-1935, were crucial ones in both of their careers. These were for Dixon some of the most fertile years of his career, both in his move away from commercial illustration and ultimately his brief stylistic departure into Social Realism. For Lange these were the years that shaped her aesthetic as she moved from commercial portraiture to documentary photography. It will explore Dixon's influence on Lange's aesthetic, specifically in terms of her exposure to the West through extended stays with Dixon in places such as the Sierra Nevada in 1921, Arizona on a Navajo reservation in 1922, Walpi on the Hopi reservation in 1923, and finally in 1931 in Taos, New Mexico. During these excursions she not only spent much time experiencing first hand the vastness of the Western landscape, but experienced it in Dixon's paintings as they created art inspiredby the same subject.