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Artist Talk: Catherine Opie with Lyle Rexer

September 11, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT

A portrait of the photographer Catherine Opie, showing a three-quarter view of her upper body on a black background. Her eyes look into the lens. Opie has short brown hair, and is wearing a dark blue sweater with a zipper, a wool cap, and beige glasses.

Photographer, Catherine Opie will be in conversation with critic, curator, and writer, Lyle Rexer. We’ll conclude with a poetry reading from Willie Perdomo. Hosted by The Brooklyn Rail.

Catherine Opie (b. 1961, Sandusky, OH; lives in Los Angeles) is known for her powerfully dynamic photography that examines the ideals and norms surrounding the culturally constructed American dream and American identity. She first gained recognition in the 1990s for her series of studio portraits titled Being and Having, in which she photographed gay, lesbian, and transgender individuals drawn from her circle of friends and artists. Opie has traveled extensively across the country exploring the diversity of America’s communities and landscapes, documenting quintessential American subjects— high school football players and the 2008 presidential inauguration—while also continuing to display America’s subcultures through formal portraits. Using dramatic staging, Opie presents cross-dressers, same-sex couples, and tattooed, scarred, and pierced bodies in intimate photographs that evoke traditional Renaissance portraiture—images of power and respect. In her portraits and landscapes, Opie establishes a level of ambiguity—of identity and place—by exaggerating masculine or feminine characteristics, or by exaggerating the distance of the shot, cropping, or blurring her landscapes.

Lyle Rexer is an independent critic, curator and writer. He is the author of numerous books, catalogue essays, and articles on art, architecture, and photography. He contributes to many publications and writes a regular column for Photograph magazine. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches at the School of Visual Arts.

Publications include The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography; Jonathan Lerman: The Drawings of An Artist with Autism; How to Look At Outsider Art; Photography’s Antiquarian Avant-Garde: The New Wave in Old Processes; Raw Vision; Art in America; Aperture; The New York Times; Modern Painters; Parkett; Tate Etc.

Accessibility: Closed-captioning in English will be available during the event. Our Q&A will be conducted using Zoom’s chat function, with the option to voice your question or have our staff read it.


Regen Projects


Wheelchair accessible
Women artist(s), LGBTQIA+ artist(s)
Event Type
Visual Art, Lectures & Panels
Pandemic Info
Online Only


Regen Projects
6750 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90038 United States
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