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February 2020


Dorothea Lange: More than the Dust Bowl Workshop


Join us for a professional development opportunity for teachers of grades 5 –12 at the National Cowboy Museum in collaboration with the College of Education and Professional Studies, University of Central Oklahoma. Best known for her Migrant Mother photograph, Dorothea Lange’s body of work touched on provocative social and political issues throughout her career, including Japanese internment, racial segregation and Civil Rights. This workshop focuses on Lange’s social and political activism in the 20th century as seen through her lens.…

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Special Exhibition Tour


Docents offer one-hour tours of the Museum’s spring exhibitions. Discover the vibrantly colored and sculpted pottery that was a dominate fixture of Native American daily life and are today viewed as one of the most notable Native American art forms in Colors of Clay. Explore Warhol and the West as represented in his art, movies and personal collections, including iconic subjects Geronimo and John Wayne. Wrap up with Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing. View some of the most powerful moments of the 20th century…

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March 2020

Kids Take Over the Cowboy: Picturing the Past

Photographer Dorothea Lange captured images of Americans, including many Oklahomans, as they struggled through the Great Depression. Listen to stories about her life and work at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., create Depression-era toys including a rag doll and mini soapbox car, partake in a derby down the Museum hallway and sample food. Wrap up with a showing of Kit Kitteridge: An American Girl. Free for Museum members or with Museum admission. Available while supplies last.

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Lange: Artist or Activist?

With hardship and suffering as consistent areas of focus throughout her career, Dorothea Lange created arresting portraits with the aim of sparking reform. Join Drew Heath Johnson, Curator of Photography and Visual Culture, Oakland Museum of California, as he examines the central theme of Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing; the power of Lange’s photography to sway people’s minds and spur them to action.

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Daring to Look: Dorothea Lange’s Photographs and Reports from the Field

Author and Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Anne Whiston Spirn will present photographs of the American West in 1939 by the great American photographer Dorothea Lange. Lange’s images of squatter camps, beleaguered farmers and stark landscapes are stunning, and her captions – which range from simple explanations to historical notes and biographical sketches – add unexpected depth, bringing her subjects and their struggle unforgettably to life, often in their own words. Bring your lunch or purchase one at The Museum…

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Migrant Mother, Migrant Gender: Reconsidering Dorothea Lange’s Icon of Maternity

Presented by Sally Stein, revisit the great photographic career of Dorothea Lange by offering a new perspective on the making of “Migrant Mother,” her most famous Depression-era image, and its changing reception over the last eight decades. Stein is Professor Emerita of Art History & Film and Media Studies at University of California, Irvine, and author of the essay “Peculiar Grace: Dorothea Lange and the Testimony of the Body,” published in Dorothea Lange: A Visual Life. Bring your lunch or…

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