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Catherine Opie

January 13-April 9, 2022

Swamp surrounded by ferns and trees

Untitled #4 (Swamps)
Courtesy of the artist Catherine Opie and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul and London and Regen Projects, Los Angeles 

Curated by Rachel Moore

The Current is honored to present an exhibition of photographs by internationally renowned artist Catherine Opie, in our galleries from January 19 through April 9 of 2022. Catherine Opie’s photographs of rural and urban American scenes investigate the parallels between natural and political landscapes, and their connections to our sense of identity and community. Opie’s work in this exhibition focuses on climate change. Large scale photographs of swamps, national parks, and other abstracted iconic landscapes are both gorgeous documentations and a quiet plea for environmental preservation. Her swamp series in particular evoke not only the dangers of climate change, but the precarious state of our country, as calls to “drain the swamp” erode fundamental structures of democracy. Opie was born in Sandusky, Ohio, in 1961, and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, and has shown work in solo exhibitions at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Guggenheim Museum.

For more information about Catherine Opie and her work, click here.

**Due to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, there will not be an opening reception for this exhibition. For the safety of our community, as mandated by the Town of Stowe, visitors to our building must be properly masked at all times in the space. Please observe social distancing guidelines of six feet with all other visitors and staff.**

Public Programs:

February 8, 5:30–7pm

**Virtual Event**

In Land We Trust – Confronting Racism and Climate Collapse

Kenya Lazuli, Founder, Every Town/VT Land Network Coordinator, Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust (NEFOC)

Mindy Blank, Co-director, Community Resilience Organizations / Organizer, Every Town Neighbors

View the recording here.


February 17, 5–7pm

Panel Discussion: The Land in Which We Live - Responsibility, Caretaking, Fragility, and Climatology

Moderator: Rachel Moore, Executive Director, The Current


  • Kristen Sharpless, Executive Director, Stowe Land Trust

  • Michael Snyder, Commissioner, VT State Parks

  • David Mears, Executive Director, Vermont Audubon

  • Annie S. White, Lecturer, University of Vermont, Dept. of Plant and Soil

  • Kenya Lazuli, Founder, Every Town / VT Land Network Coordinator, Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust (NEFOC)

  • Mindy Blank, Co-director, Community Resilience Organizations / Organizer, Every Town Neighbor

View the recording here.


March 10, 5:30–7pm

Catherine Opie: Artist Talk & Lecture
**Virtual Event**

View the recording here.


March 24, 5–7pm

Reception and Talk 
An Introduction to the Exhibition by Fionna Flaherty, Senior Director, Lehmann Maupin, NYC


April 7, 5–7pm

Forest Bathing: An Introduction to the practice, technique and philosophy
Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide and founder of Nature Connection Guide, Duncan Murdoch presents on Forest Bathing with a Q&A.

If you missed any of our public programs, many of the recordings are available here.


Catherine Opie


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