New York, Guggenheim Museum

The title of this exhibition clearly positions Catherine Opie within the history of American photography, linking her to the likes of Walker Evans. This is no minor achievement given the unconventional nature of Opie's subject matter.

Opie came to the attention of the art world in the early 1990s with her "Portraits". Taken against brightly colored backgrounds and with classical compositions partly inspired by Hans Holbein's paintings, the series portrays people she encountered in San Francisco's S/M scene. It includes staged images of drag kings and queens, performance artists and female-to-male transsexuals. Her next series, "Domestic", documents the everyday lives of lesbian families in their homes in different areas in the US, while "In and Around Home" focuses on Opie's own family and friends in her multiethnic Los Angeles neighborhood. Alongside these strongly political series, the exhibition features Opie's black-and-white, urban landscape photography from her series "Freeways", "Mini-malls" and "American Cities". There are also her color series "Surfers" and "Icehouses" on itinerant communities.


September 26, 2008, through January 7, 2009
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Avenue (at 89th Street)
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