"Hard Times, Oklahoma, 1939-40: The Documentary Photography of Russell Lee" at Philbrook
On this edition of our show, we welcome back Catherine Whitney, the Chief Curator and Curator of American Art at the Philbrook Museum of Art here in Tulsa, who tells us all about a small but impressive photography show currently on view at the museum. "Hard Times, Oklahoma, 1939-40: The Documentary Photography of Russell Lee" will run through October 26th. Beginning in 1936, Lee worked alongside Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, and others as part of the government-sponsored Farm Security Administration, which was a New Deal program created by FDR. As such, Lee made engaging and even painterly photos that aimed to document the social and economic hardships faced by millions of rural Americans during periods of widespread drought and Depression. This exhibition, drawn from Philbrook's collection, focuses on Lee's Oklahoma-based photographs at the end of the Thirties -- and you can learn more about this fine show here.