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  • 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".

    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.