Catching the Wave: Photographs of the Women’s Movement


Monday, November 7, 2016, 9:00am to 5:00pm


First floor, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Yard, 3 James St.

Presented by: Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Admission: Free admission
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 AM-5 PM
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Related event: Harvard Treasures Tour: Catching the Wave: Photographs of the Women’s Movement, at the Schlesinger Library: Monday, March 6, 12-1 PM

Among the treasures in the Schlesinger Library are photograph collections that document the women’s liberation movement between the late 1960s and 1980s. This exhibition highlights the work of two influential feminist photographers during that tumultuous era. Bettye Lane and Freda Leinwand spent years capturing the moments—large and small—that transformed American history. The two photographers lived and worked out of the same artist studios, Westbeth Artist Housing, in New York City. Although marches, protests, and demonstrations were often the focus of their art, the city served as a central subject in the images Lane and Leinwand captured. The Schlesinger Library began collecting the work of Lane and Leinwand in 1979 and acquired the remainder of their collections from their families between 2012 and 2014, after their deaths.

In addition to the work of Lane and Leinwand, four other professional photographers are featured: Catherine Allport, Mima Cataldo, Diana Mara Henry, and Dorothea Jacobson-Wenzel. The work of all of these photographers comprises a compellingly candid visual documentation of the issues and events of the modern women’s movement, which the artists not only chronicled but also participated in and shaped.