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Digital Talk » Photographer Catherine Opie
Join us for an evening with acclaimed photographer Catherine Opie, presenting a conversation on her work including Yosemite, seen in the exhibition Ansel Adams in Our Time. Register to join the conversation via Zoom if you’d like to interact and ask questions, or tune in through Facebook Live to watch.
Free, register online or with Guest Services at 479.657.2335.
Sponsored by Del Monte Foods, Inc. and Puregold Price Club, Inc.
About Catherine Opie
Opie is known for her powerfully dynamic photography that examines the ideals and norms surrounding the culturally constructed American Dream and American identity. She first gained recognition in the 1990s for her series of studio portraits titled Being and Having, in which she photographed gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals drawn from her circle of friends and artists. Opie has traveled extensively across the country exploring the diversity of America’s communities and landscapes, documenting quintessential American subjects, including high school football players and the 2008 presidential inauguration, while also continuing to display America’s subcultures through formal portraits. Using dramatic staging, Opie presents cross-dressers, same-sex couples, and tattooed, scarred, and pierced bodies in intimate photographs that evoke traditional Renaissance portraiture—images of power and respect. In her portraits and landscapes, Opie establishes a level of ambiguity around identity and place by exaggerating masculine or feminine characteristics, or by exaggerating the distance of the shot, cropping, or blurring her landscapes. Opie currently has a solo exhibition, Catherine Opie: Rhetorical Landscapes at Lehmann Maupin in New York; and an online exhibition, On The Road With Catherine Opie.
Image credit: Catherine Opie, 2014
Photo by Heather Rasmussen
© Catherine Opie. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul, and London.