Catherine Opie


A.UD Lectures


UCLA Architecture and Urban Design Lecture Series 2011-2012

Monday, January 23, 2012
Catherine Opie
Photographer, Professor, UCLA Department of Art

Catherine Opie lives and works in Los Angeles. Opie’s work engages with the spaces we exist in and the politics of identity. Catherine Opie's photographs include series of portraits and American urban landscapes, ranging in format from large-scale color works to smaller black and white prints.  Moving from the territory of the body to the framework of the city, Opie's various photographic series are linked together by a conceptual framework of cultural portraiture.

Catherine Opie has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. In 2008, a mid-career survey of her work, entitled, “Catherine Opie: American Photographer,” was on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. A solo exhibition entitled “Catherine Opie: Empty and Full” is on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston through September. Recent solo exhibitions have been organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, CT, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, The Saint Louis Art Museum, the Photographers’ Gallery in London, and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Opie has also exhibited at Regen Projects in Los Angeles, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, SITE Santa Fe, the Centre d'Art Contemporain in Geneva, Switzerland and the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg in Germany.

In 2009, Catherine Opie received the Women’s Caucus for Art: President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement, and in 2006 she was the recipient of a United States Artists Fellowship.  In 2004, she received the Larry Aldrich Award, in 1999 she was the recipient of the Washington University Freund Fellowship, and in 1997 she received the Citibank Private Bank Emerging Artist Award.  Opie's work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; the Walker Art Center; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.