The thousands of artworks at SFMOMA offer countless opportunities to look closely and think deeply about some of the most amazing artists of our time. To celebrate both the artists on view in the newly expanded museum and the creative communities of the Bay Area, 50 Artists invites local artists and creative professionals to share how icons of modern and contemporary art matter to them. This week, Erin Garcia of the California Historical Society explores the life and work of Dorothea Lange.
Erin Garcia is a curator at the California Historical Society. She has worked in the photography departments of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Oakland Museum of California. Most recently she organized the related exhibitions Native Portraits: Contemporary Tintypes by Ed Drew and Sensationalist Portrayals of the Modoc War 1872–73. She is currently preparing an exhibition about California cities that will be drawn from the California Historical Society’s vast collection of photographs.