The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) recently announced they will be hosting the world premiere of a new American Masters documentary titled Dorothea Lange: Grab A Hunk if Lighting. The highly anticipated film event, will take place on Saturday August 23rd at 2pm at the museum’s James Moore Theater. It will be the first opportunity for the public to view the full-length documentary, before the nation will get to see it on TV on Friday, August 29th at 9 pm on PBS (KQED channel 9 in the San Francisco Bay Area, check for times).
Members of Lange’s family will be in attendance of this film event including the photographer’s granddaughter and film director’s Dyanna Taylor, and goddaughter and biographer Elizabeth Partridge (who is also interviewed in the film, and is also the granddaughter of artist Imogen Cunningham). Along with the screening of Grab a Hunk of Lighting, OMCA will also host a Q&A with Taylor and Partridge, led by Drew Johnson, curator of the museum’s Photography and Visual Culture, followed by a book signing in the OMCA store for the companion book.
Tickets for the event will be required, and will be available beginning Friday, August 1st at museumca.org/lange. Prices are twenty dollars for the general public, and ten dollars for OMCA members, and will include admission to the OMCA galleries, meaning there will be an opportunity to check out some of OMCA’s current exhibitions including Sunshine and Judy Chicago: A Butterfly for Oakland and Superheroes: San Diego Comic-Con. Also check out the exhibition Dorothea Lange: California Photographs currently on view at the Oakland International Airport.