The White House has installed Catherine Opie’s Lake Michigan, Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer (2004-05). The four-photo work is on loan from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. It is hanging in the Obamas’ residence, on the third floor, just outside the solarium.
Opie made the work as part of a commission from the MCA Chicago and as part of her “American Cities” series, wherein she photographically explores major features of American cities. The works were exhibited at the MCA Chicago in 2006. (One of the pictures is Opie’s new avatar on Facebook, where she announced the news.)