Cleveland

Catherine Opie, Three Crosses and a Shadow, 2005, color photograph, 16 x 20".

Catherine Opie, Three Crosses and a Shadow, 2005, color photograph, 16 x 20".

Cleveland

Catherine Opie

MOCA Cleveland
11400 Euclid Avenue
September 29–December 30, 2006

Orange County Museum of Art
1661 W. Sunflower Ave.
June 4–September 3, 2006

Curated by Elizabeth Armstrong and Jessica Hough

Catherine Opie fuses the observational tradition of American photography with a European poststructuralist approach to identity politics in a practice that seeks to determine the aesthetic and cultural languages that articulate community. Co-organized by Armstrong, from OCMA, and Hough, from Connecticut’s Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, where a smaller version premiered in January, this survey comprises some 140 photographs in nine series—beginning with a selection from Opie’s graduate project, “Master Plan,” 1986–88, which chronicles the development of a housing project in Valencia, California, and ending with work from “In and Around Home,” 2004–2005, which explores her neighborhood in Los Angeles. An accompanying catalogue features a story by A. M. Homes and essays by the curators. Travels to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Sept. 29-Dec. 30.