Alexandra Opie: What Remains

April 20 – May 18, 2024

Atrium Gallery


Alexandra Opie (American, born 1974), "What Remains no. 8," 2024

Alexandra Opie (American, born 1974), What Remains no. 8, 2024, silver gelatin photograph, 20 x 24 inches, courtesy of the artist. Photo: Artist.

Each spring, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art pairs its annual senior studio art majors' exhibition with a solo exhibition of recent work by one of the art department's faculty members. The exhibition aims to demonstrate the continuing connections and relationships among student and faculty research. This year's faculty member is Alexandra Opie (American, born 1974).

In What Remains, Opie offers a compelling exploration of her black-and-white; photographic art, delving into natural landscapes and forms while pushing traditional boundaries with radical shifts in scale, capturing both human-scale and microscopic landscapes. Inspired by the notion of "tipping points" in environmental systems, Opie imagines the hidden resilience of post-apocalyptic networks, navigating the delicate balance between chaos and survival. Her monumental prints make wrecked landscapes and hidden mycological worlds visible and expose the vulnerability and strength of natural systems.

A professor of photography and electronic media and co-chair of the art department, Opie was raised in Oregon and educated at Southern Oregon University in Ashland and at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University in Boston, where she received her BA and MFA degrees, respectively. Opie works primarily in darkroom photography. Her artwork has been shown internationally and widely across the United States.

Exhibition Related Events


Alexandra Opie: What Remains
Friday, April 19, 2024 | 6-8 p.m.
Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Free and open to the public

May 7, 2024 at 12:00 p.m.
Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Join Professor of Art Alexandra Opie for a guided exhibition tour.
Free and open to the public

Financial Support

Financial support for the exhibition was provided by general operating support grants from the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax funds and the Oregon Arts Commission.

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