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Acclaimed photographer Cathy Opie will give a free talk at 7 p.m. Monday in the Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.) as part of a lecture series co-presented by the University at Buffalo’s visual studies department, the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center.

Opie, known for her stark portraits that meld her interest in the fluidity of gender and identity, human sexuality and the nature of photography, has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions in major institutions including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Because of its varied subject matter, her work evades easy explanations, which is partially responsible for its appeal.

“Her moody images of surfers and of baroque highway cloverleafs further complicates any neat thematic trajectory in her work,” a release on the talk reads. “Opie has been one of the rare queer artists to have achieved mainstream success on her own terms. One of the most visible lesbian artists in the world, Opie will discuss, among other things the tension among the personal, the particular, the universal and the general in her work.”

The talk is free. Call 878-6011 or visit visualstudies.buffalo.edu.

– Colin Dabkowski