"I concentrate on disturbing the devices that society imposes on variant communities to keep them ‘ghettoized’ by class, race, sexuality and gender. It’s important that my work be seductive as a visual language, as I want to keep the viewer engaged. This allows for multiple readings which challenge viewers to consider both people and space in their various complexities."

Danger and delicacy commingle in Catherine Opie's photographs, which question representation, reference historical photographic practices, and erect an alternate portrait of America. Working predominantly with large format cameras, Opie has trained her lens on master-planned communities, Los Angeles freeways and mini-malls, members of the gay and lesbian leather community and an on-the-road exploration of lesbian domesticity. Her on-going project, "American Cities," on identity vis à vis place has included forays to St. Louis, Minneapolis, New York's Wall Street; presently she’s working in Chicago. Consistent throughout is her overriding concern for community, its construction and depiction.

Born 1961, Sandusky, Ohio
Lives in Los Angeles
1988 M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts
1985 B.F.A., San Francisco Art Institute

2002 Catherine Opie: Skyways and Icehouses, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
2000 Catherine Opie: In Between Here and There, The Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
2000-01 Catherine Opie, The Photographers Gallery, London, England; traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
1999 Domestic, Regen Projects, Los Angeles
1997 Houses and Landscapes, Ginza Art Space, Shiseido, Tokyo, Japan
1994 Portraits, Regen Projects, Los Angeles

2002 Visions from America: Photographs from the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1940-2000, curated by Sylvia Wolf, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
2001 Open City Street Photographs Since 1950, co-curated by Kerry Brougher and Russell Ferguson, Museum of Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, England; traveled to The Lowry, Salford Quays, Manchester, England; Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain; and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
1997 Sunshine & Noir: Art in LA 1960-1997, curated by Lars Nittve and Helle Crenzien, Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark; traveled to Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany; Castello di Rivoli, Rivoli, Italy; and the UCLA Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
1995 1995 Whitney Biennial, curated by Klaus Kertess, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

2000-01 Walker Art Center Residency
1999 Washington University Freund Fellowship
1997 Citibank Private Bank Emerging Artist Award