Date(s) - Jan 20
The Hammer Museum
In a collaborative effort to present work by the Los Angeles-based artist Catherine Opie (b. 1961, Sandusky, Ohio), The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Hammer Museum showcase two solo exhibitions simultaneously; Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road and Catherine Opie: Portraits. One of the preeminent artists of her generation, Catherine Opie is known for her evocative photographs of contemporary America. The artist has chosen myriad subjects throughout her career, including the S/M community, city buildings, domestic life, high school football players, surfers, and President Obama’s first inauguration ceremony. Her pictures of the people, places, and events of the past 30 years are documents of the artist’s life as well as of our time. Opie’s work draws as much from Renaissance painting as from the traditions of street photography, and her most recent body of work directly engages with old master portraiture. Selected from her own circle of creative friends—visual artists, fashion designers, and writers—her sitters emerge from the darkness as if lit from within. Wednesday, January 20 – Sunday, May 22.