Nebraska Wesleyan's Elder Gallery will showcase the work of John Opera in the exhibition, "Redux." Opera combines a deep interest in the visual characteristics of natural and scientific phenomena with a rigorous experimental approach to the techniques and apparatuses by which photographs have been defined and produced. Opera often returns to antiquated—but by no means exhausted—photographic tools and processes, including pinhole imaging, and more recently the cyanotype and anthotype.
Opera’s exhibitions include Higher Pictures in New York, Longhouse Projects in New York, Chicago's DOCUMENT and Shane Campbell Gallery in Chicago, among other institutions. His work has been reviewed by Artforum, Artforum.com, The New Yorker, Flash Art, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Rail, The Buffalo News, and Chicago Artist Writers, and more.
He earned his B.F.A. degree from SUNY New Paltz in 1998 and M.F.A. degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. He lived, worked, taught, and exhibited in Chicago for more than a dozen years. He currently serves as an assistant professor of photography at the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, New York.
The exhibition opens November 11, a reception that day from 5-7 p.m. in Elder Gallery, located inside the Rogers Center for Fine Arts at 50th Street and Huntington Ave. Opera will also host an artist talk November 10 at 5:30 p.m. in Lucas Hall, room 206. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 1-4 p.m. The last day for the exhibition is on January 29, 2023.
Note: The gallery will be closed Friday, December 16 through Monday, January 9 due to winter break.