A noted photographer since the late 1980s, Catherine Opie uses her lens to simultaneously document and question the self-constructed identities of the people and places that characterize America. Her interest in the motif of the "visual road trip" has resulted in series devoted to Los Angeles and St. Louis. As a Walker artist-in-residence, Opie spent last winter documenting Twin Cities architecture, including such oft-overlooked features of the local built environment as ice-fishing houses and the labyrinths of the downtown skyways. This fall, the artist continues her explorations of the area.
Opie was recently the focus of solo exhibitions at the Photographer's Gallery in London and the St. Louis Art Museum. She currently teaches photography at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her works in the Walker's permanent collection include selections from a series on lesbian families and their domestic spaces. The results of her residency will be featured in a solo exhibition opening at the Walker in April 2002.
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CATHERINE OPIE: SKYWAYS & ICEHOUSES IS MADE POSSIBLE BY GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS, JOHN TAFT AND MARTHA MCPHEE, KIMBERLY AND TIM J. MONTGOMERY, AND MARY JANE TAFT