Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road

June 11 - September 11, 2016

This exhibition presents new and recent work by Los Angeles-based artist Catherine Opie, one of the essential figures in contemporary photography. Beginning in 2010, Opie spent six months taking photographs at the Bel Air, California, residence of Elizabeth Taylor (1932–2011). The exhibition includes fifty works drawn from two series, Closets and Jewels and 700 Nimes Road. Opie’s lens captures the essence of the Hollywood legend through her personal objects and mementos, and portrays Taylor’s life experience and eccentricity as an illusory subject, one that cannot be specifically designated or precisely described. In the artist’s words, the project is not about the relationship to celebrity but about “the relationship to what is human.”

Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road is organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. This exhibition is made possible with lead support provided by J.P. Morgan Private Bank and major support from Jamie McCourt, and Gilena Simons.
 
Lead support for UMMA’s installation is provided by the University of Michigan Health System, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch, and Alan Hergott and Curt Shepard. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Department of the History of Art, Department of Screen Arts and Cultures, and Department of American Culture. 

Images

Catherine Opie, Andy Warhol to Elizabeth (Self-Portrait Artist) from the 700 Nimes Road Portfolio, 2010-2011, pigment print, 16 ½ x 22 in., courtesy of the artist, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, and Lehmann Maupin, New York & Hong Kong

Catherine Opie, Balloon Shades from the 700 Nimes Road Portfolio, 2010-2011, pigment print, 16 ½ x 22 in., courtesy of the artist, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, and Lehmann Maupin, New York & Hong Kong

Catherine Opie, Holiday Ornament from the 700 Nimes Road Portfolio, 2010-2011, pigment print,
16 ½ x 22 in., courtesy of the artist, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, and Lehmann Maupin, New York & Hong Kong

Catherine Opie, Handbag Reflection from the 700 Nimes Road Portfolio, 2010-2011, pigment print, 22 x 16 ½ in., courtesy of the artist, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, and Lehmann Maupin, New York & Hong Kong

Catherine Opie, Trophy Room from the 700 Nimes Road Portfolio, 2010-2011, pigment print, 16 ½ x 22 in., courtesy of the artist, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, and Lehmann Maupin, New York & Hong Kong

Timeline

Exhibition Timeline

SatJun 11
Exhibition Opens
Sat
Jul 9
Family Art Studio: Personal Treasures
11:00am1:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Family
Sat
Jul 9
Family Art Studio: Personal Treasures
2:00pm4:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Family
Sun
Jul 10
Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Jul 31
In Conversation: Pomp, Privacy, and Portraiture at 700 Nimes Road
3:00pm4:00pm
Artists and Curators / Exhibitions Related
Sun
Aug 14
Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
Sun
Sep 11
Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road
2:00pm3:00pm
Exhibitions Related / Gallery Talks and Tours
SunSep 11
Exhibition Closes