Catherine Opie: The Outside-Inside, Installation for moCa Cleveland

April 27, 2019January 5, 2020

Catherine Opie’s site-responsive work The Outside-Inside, Installation for moCa Cleveland (2019) reimagines the interior architecture of moCa as a window to the larger landscape of Lake Erie. Applied directly to the surfaces of moCa’s Gund Commons, Kohl Atrium and Monumental Staircase, Opie’s installation consists of eight different images, each of which was shot onsite in Cleveland as part of a 2011 invitation to make new work for the Cleveland Clinic. An Ohio native—born and raised in Sandusky—Opie returned to the region over the course of an entire year to capture the dramatic seasonal shift on Lake Erie. Recording dawn and dusk, the works shows the reflection of light over the water, and the crystallization of ice and snow along the lake’s edge. Transforming the resulting images into a large-scale architectural installation, Opie’s The Outside-Inside, Installation for moCa Cleveland is an immersive yet intimate portrait of a specific place, Cleveland, while simultaneously a poetic mediation on the passage of time. 


Major support provided by Joanne Cohen & Morris Wheeler and Margaret Cohen & Kevin Rahilly

All current exhibitions are funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Leadership Circle gifts from anonymous donors, Yuval Brisker, Joanne Cohen and Morris Wheeler, Margaret Cohen and Kevin Rahilly, Grosvie and Charlie Cooley, Becky Dunn, Lauren Rich Fine, Harriet Goldberg, Agnes Gund, Michelle and Richard Jeschelnig, Kohl Family, Jan Lewis, Toby Devan Lewis, Roy Minoff, and Scott and Kelly Mueller

All moCa Cleveland exhibitions are supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, and the continuing support of the Museum’s Board of Directors, patrons, and members