Now on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Catherine Opie: Figure and Landscape.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art features recent work by the internationally renowned and LA-based photographer Catherine Opie. The show’s primary focus is high-school football, a subject that allowed Opie to explore issues of masculinity, community, and national identity. Over the last three years, Opie photographed football games and players in seven states across America. Atmospheric cues locate each regional site, while gestures and gazes reveal the adolescent players’ disparate psychologies. Looking past the clichés associated with football, Opie perceives diversity in the individuals and communities that celebrate the game. Shown in conjunction with LACMA’s exhibition Manly Pursuits: The Sporting Images of Thomas Eakins, Opie’s work similarly addresses and overturns conventions of idealism and realism.

The exhibition runs to October 17, 2010.

Learn about Manly Pursuits after the jump.

Same as Figure and Landscape, Manly Pursuits is on view through October 17, 2010.