“From Riches to Rags: American Photography in the Depression” on exhibition at Cleveland Museum of Art through Dec. 31

Photograph from the "From Riches to Rags: American Photography in the Depression" exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Roadside Stand (detail), Vicinity Birmingham, Alabama, 1936. Walker Evans (American, 1903–1975). Gelatin silver print, printed later; 19 x 23.7 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Wishing Well Fund, 1975.36. © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

From Riches to Rags: American Photography in the Depression
Exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art
On view now through December 31, 2017

The Jazz Age gave way to the Great Depression on October 29, 1929, when the American stock market crashed. The following decade was marked by massive unemployment, deepened by a drought that created the Dust Bowl, which transformed tens of thousands of farm families into migrants. Drawing from the museum’s superb holdings of early twentieth-century photography, From Riches to Rags examines photographers’ responses to the social upheaval and economic distress that characterized American life in the 1930s.

Learn more at clevelandart.org/events/exhibitions/riches-rags-american-photography-depression.