In the late 1990s, Catherine Opie drove across the country, taking photos of lesbian families in and around their homes. The resulting series, Domestic, (which Opie, who herself is gay, said was an attempt to document “the lesbian dream’’) contains a still life of a washer and dryer, which the photographer joked was “a lesbian washer and dryer.” Because, as she put it, “it’s the same thing.” An ongoing pair of solo exhibitions, Portraits and Landscapes and 700 Nimes Road, at the Lehmann Maupin gallery locations in Chelsea and on the Lower East Side, respectively, also readjust our expectations about the artist and her long-held role as a “provocateur.”
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When Therese Belivet, a salesgirl played by Rooney Mara, and Carol Aird, an elegant suburban housewife played by Cate Blanchett, lock eyes in a department store, their connection is electric, but the obstacles between them loom large. It’s the 1950s in New York City and homosexuality is not only taboo. It’s dangerous.