Video: Catherine Opie, Artist Talk

On Thursday, July 23 at 6PM CT Plug In ICA hosted an online Artist Talk by Catherine Opie.

The talk began with a screening of Opie’s The Modernist after which Opie discussed her career from the early 1990s until today focusing on her most recent works, The Modernist (2017) & Swamps and Political Collages (2019). The talk was followed by a Q+A moderated by Plug In’s curator, Nasrin Himada.

Catherine Opie was born in Sandusky, OH in 1961 and received her B.F.A. from San Francisco Art Institute and a M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts. Since 2001, she has been a professor of photography at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Her work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions worldwide. Selected solo exhibitions include Keeping an Eye on the World, Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo (2017); 700 Nimes Road, MOCA Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles (2016); Portraits, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); Portraits and Landscapes, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus (2015); Empty and Full, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2011); Figure and Landscape, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2010); American Photographer, Guggenheim Museum, New York (2008); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2006); and Skyways and Icehouses, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2002); among others.

Opie has received numerous awards, including the Smithsonian Archives of American Art Medal (2016); Julius Shulman Excellence in Photography Award (2013); Women’s Caucus for Art: President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement (2009); United States Artists Fellowship (2006); Larry Aldrich Award (2004); Washington University Freund Fellowship (1999); and the Citibank Private Bank Emerging Artist Award (1997).

Work by the artist is included in the permanent collections of many museums worldwide, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Israel Museum, Jerusalem; and Centro Cultural Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; among others.

She lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

All public programming is free and open to the public.

This artist talk was presented in conjunction with Catherine Opie’s solo exhibition at Plug In ICA on view from June 10 – August 22, 2020. The artist talk was a co-presentation with Centre for Research in Cultural Studies at the University of Winnipeg (CRiCS), Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art (MAWA), and Winnipeg Architecture Foundation.