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Ever wondered about the Dorothea Lange Winery Photo Exhibit and Other Artwork in the Tasting Room?

February 6, 2018

Jennifer Keenan Speaks on the Artwork Displayed at the Winery

In this video, Keenan Artistic Director and “Wine Wife,” Jennifer Keenan, talks about the art exhibited at Keenan Winery on Spring Mountain in above St. Helena, CA. Here, she introduces the Photo Exhibit, one of the most renowned photographers of our time. She also talks about the Yarn Bombed bicycle hanging above the fireplace in the room, and the old and new wine case designs at the winery.

Jennifer Keenan

We also get a glimpse into the wonderful wine designs of Artistic Director Jennifer Keenan.

Dorothea Lange Winery Photo Exhibit

Keenan Winery is thrilled to be adding a highly unique collection of Dorothea Lang photographic art to the winery. Guests will enjoy the photos this Spring and Summer while they sip Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel, Chardonnay and Mernet, the proprietary Keenan blend of Mer(lot) and (Caber)net in the Keenan Winery .

Michael Keenan's wife, Jennifer Walker Keenan, hand-selected this collection of extremely rare Dorthea Lange photographs to display in the Keenan Winery tasting room. She acquired these photos through a special arrangement with the Oakland Museum of California.

Dorothea Lange is revered for taking some of the most iconic American photographs of the 20th century. The works displayed in the Keenan Tasting Room resonate with contemporary audiences. The photographs Jennifer Walker Keenan has selected timelessly reflect a deep connection to the soil and people of a rural community overcoming challenges of the 1920s, much as vintners throughout Napa draw together our community to overcome the challenges of the past two years' earthquake and fires.

About Dorothea Lange and The Oakland Museum of California

Dorothea Lange, 1895 -1965, was a California-American documentary photographer, whose portraits of displaced farmers during the Great Depression greatly influenced later documentary and journalistic photography. Lange was born in Hoboken New Jersey and was educated in photography at Columbia University in New York City. She apprenticed unofficially to a number of New York photography studios, and left New York in 1918, with a girl friend. That trip around the world ended early in in San Francisco, where she opened a successful portrait studio and lived across the bay. 

Dorothea Lange Winery Photo Exhibit at Keenan Winery Now

During the Great Depression, took her photography to the street. Shots of the disenfranchised, unemployed and homeless people led to her work with with the federal Resettlement Administration and Farm Security Administration, and an entire body of work for which she is eternally known.

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) houses with pride Lange's personal archive, a gift from the artists 2nd husband Paul Schuster Taylor that includes 25,000 negatives, 6,000 vintage prints, field notes, and personal memorabilia.   Over forty years ago, the OMCA brought together art, , and natural sciences.  The multidisciplinary celebration of of California, containing over 1.9 million art works, artifacts, ethnographic objects, nature specimens, and photos—attempt to define the essence of California.