Pirkle Jones and the Changing California Landscape

December 20, 2003–April 18, 2004

In 1956 Pirkle Jones collaborated with his longtime friend Dorothea Lange on Death of a Valley, a series of photographs documenting the final year of a small town now submerged under Lake Berryessa. The project is the departure point for an exhibition of Jones’s work, which consists primarily of California landscapes. Also on view are 60 additional California landscapes from the SFMOMA collection by photographers ranging from Lange and William Garnett to Robert Adams and Lewis Baltz.

Pirkle Jones and the Changing California Landscape is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and is generously supported by the George Frederick Jewett Foundation.

Pirkle Jones, House Being Moved, 1956/1960; promised gift from private collector