Catherine Opie - Photo of the artist - Photo Credits NPR

Catherine Opie /   Catherine Opie

United States 1961


Catherine Opie
Catherine Opie
United States
July 29, 2013
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Why does photography provide such a good tool for producing provocative art? There are many different theories that try to answer this question. Arguably the best one is that modern provocative art is able of achieving such high levels that it is only suitable for it to use modern techniques, such as photographies and films. One of the most controversial photographers of today’s art scene is Catherine Opie. Her artistic beginnings can be traced to the time when she was just a child, back when she first viewed the works of the famous Lewis Hine. And just as he used his camera as a tool for social reform, Opie wanted to do the same – only adapted to struggles and problems of the modern times. Rarely are such serious fields of work like documentary photography able to attract so much attention from toddlers, but in Opie’s case, the fire in her heart caused by Lewis’s images was never truly put out.

Catherine Opie - Bo,1991
Catherine Opie – Bo, 1991. © Catherine Opie, Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul

Before She Became Opie We Know

Catherine was born in 1961 in Sandusky, a small town located in the midst of Ohio. When the day of her 9th birthday came, Catherine received a precious gift, something she desired most in the world at the time – she got a brand new Kodak Instamatic camera. Since then, it has been a sensational rarity to catch Opie without a camera in her hands! She was taking pictures of her family, friends and neighborhood regularly until about her 13th birthday when her family decided to move to San Diego on permanent bases. Leaving home was a heartbreaker, but her camera helped Opie to recover from this shock as San Diego was a whole new world for her to explore and photograph. Eventually, she began studying childhood education, but that lasted for only a year – soon she started attending the San Francisco Art Institute. Catherine received her bachelor of fine arts degree in this institution. Later on, she furthered her knowledge by enrolling in the California Institute of the Arts in 1988, where Opie completed a Masters of Fine Arts and added this title to her already impressive biography. Her thesis project Master plan examined the planned communities of Valencia, California, from construction sites and advertisement schemes, to homeowner regulations and the domestic interiors of residents’ homes – real detailed work that took over two years to complete and can be viewed as a clue to which direction her future art will take. After finally wrapping up the education section of her life, Catherine moved to Los Angeles. All the while, she never stopped taking pictures, which she fanatically categorized in her home catalogs. Naturally, when she came to LA, the first thing she did was to try and somehow get employed as the only thing she ever really wanted to be – a professional photographer. But, as life often has other unpredicted plans for us, Opie was forced to accept a job as a lab technician at the University of California.

It’s easy to see why Opie’s photos are so controversial

Catherine Opie - Self-Portrait - Cutting, 1993
Catherine Opie – Self-Portrait / Cutting, 1993. © Catherine Opie, Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul

Rise To The Top

While working at a job in which she saw no future whatsoever, Opie needed a way to advance her skills in photography to make sense of her life. She managed to acquire a studio in the backyard of her home in South Central Los Angeles, alongside her companion Julie Burleigh – who was more of a painter then a photographer. And from that day on, Opie’s artistic work has been going nowhere but up. It didn’t take long before she got a reputation of a fearless photographer who will stop at nothing when trying to prove a point. Although her portfolio did seem similar to the work of Hine, Catherine’s photos had a lot different approach to documentary photography. She was always open to new things and concepts, so naturally, we can find many stages in her photography career. But generally, Catharine investigates aspects of alternative communities and groups, such as LGBT members. A common theme in almost all her work is the concept of society and acceptance – this can easily be attributed to the fact Opie is a lesbian and faced many obstacles in life for that lifestyle she chose for herself. As for the genres, Opie mostly concentrates on portraiture and landscape photography which she organizes by placing them in different series. Her work is characterized by a combination of formal concerns, a variety of printing technologies, references to art history, and social/political commentary. Her assertive photos take themes that are usually ignored and silenced by social norms and bring them to the attention of the public eye. This led to many problems back in the day, as more then few people found her takes on homosexual, S/M and erotica themes too provocative. Some man have simply felt offended that Catherine has given a voice to certain social moments in America, which is completely and totally bizarre.

Catherine Opie - Guillermo and Joaquin, 2013
Catherine Opie – Guillermo and Joaquin, 2013. © Catherine Opie, Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul

The Opie Way

Opie is also interested how surrounding architecture is able to shape our identities without us even being aware of those changes. She devoted entire series of photos to the exploration of this phenomenon. As was mentioned before, Catherine is quite open to experimentation, so it is only logical that she tried out many different techniques over the years – she has printed photographs using chromochrome, iris prints, Polaroids, silver photogravure etc. She even tested herself in the world of film – in 2011, Catherine teamed up with Lisa Udelson and made the controversial Same Difference, a movie that rocked the public in its core. Opie is also a huge art history buff (after all, she did study this science during her university years), so we are able to see more then few references to her favorite artists in the work she does. For example, the use of bright color backgrounds in portraits references the work of Hans Holbein and the full body frontal portraits can be associated to August Sander. Opie has been awarded on many occasions for the works she made – including the President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Women’s Caucus for Art (2009); United States Artists Fellowship (2006); Larry Aldrich Award (2004); and the CalArts Alpert Award in the Arts (2003) – and was extensively displayed in numerous solo and group exhibitions. She is currently a professor of photography at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and – needless to say – she never stops taking photos every step of the way.

Opie often gives support to fellow homosexual photographers, including Glenn Ligon

Catherine Opie - Glenn, 2013 (left), Self-portrait, 2013 (right) - New York and Los Angeles community suports just projects landscape portraits, unlike museum artist in Ohio.
Catherine Opie – Glenn, 2013. © Catherine Opie, Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul (Left) / Catherine Opie in 2012. Photo Credit: Heather Rasmussen (Right)

Say NO To Censorship!

What strikes us the most about Opie’s photos is the balance between personal and political. Even when she is at her most honestly aggressive creative mood, she never loses her unique coolness and objectivity. This is essential when trying to create documentary photography, but some of the themes Opie covers are simply too close to home for her to always stay controlled and balanced. How she does it is beyond us. It’s hard to precisely pinpoint exactly how much importance is in the works of Catherine Opie. When in doubt, simply remember how much resistance she has faced during her career which was based on nothing but the truth and honesty. When such things are welcomed like lambs to the slaughter, it’s easy to see that something is ripe in our societies – and it immediately casts a new light on the importance Opie’s work possesses. Hopefully, one day people will be able to look at these times and laugh at how ancestors wasted their lives on suppressing other man’s happiness. But until that age comes, Opie and her work remain in the first battle lines, waging war courageously.

Catherine Opie lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Featured Image: Catherine Opie – Photo of the artist – Photo Credits NPR
All images © Catherine Opie, Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016UnknownHenie Onstad Art Center, Oslo, NorwaySolo
2016Catherine Opie: O Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CASolo
2016Catherine Opie: PortraitsHammer Museum, Los Angeles, CASolo
2016700 Nimes RoadLehmann Maupin, New York, NYSolo
2016700 Nimes RoadMOCA Pacific Design Center, West HollywoodSolo
2016Ecce homo - Behold the ManMuseum de Fundatie, Zwolle, NetherlandsGroup
2016Reinventing Photography: The Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker Collection National Gallery of Art, Washington D.CGroup
2016The Female Gaze, Part II: Women Look at MenCheim & Read, New York, NYGroup
2016Art from Los Angeles: 1990 – 2010Studio Guenzani, Milan, ItalyGroup
2016Don’t Look Back: The 1990s at MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2016IlluminationLouisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, DenmarkGroup
2016Still Life with Fish: Photography from the CollectionHammer Museum, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2016Fuck! Loss, Desire, PleasureONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2015Catherine Opie: Portraits and Landscapes Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OHSolo
2015NO MAN’S LAND: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection Miami, FLGroup
2015Blind ArchitectureThomas Dane Gallery, London, UKGroup
2015ImmersedLinda Pace Foundation, San Antonio, TXGroup
2015The Great MotherPalazzo Reale, Milan, ItalyGroup
2015Collecting and Sharing: Trevor Fairbrother, John T. Kirk, and the Hood Museum of Art, Hood Museum of ArtDartmouth College, Hanover, NHGroup
2015The Art of Our TimeMuseum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2015On the Domestic Front: Scenes of Everyday Queer LifeLeslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, NYGroup
2015Perfect Likeness: Photography and CompositionHammer Museum, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2015Twentieth Anniversary ExhibitionStephen Friedman Gallery, London, UKGroup
2015Residue: The Persistence of the Real Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, CanadaGroup
2015Storylines: Contemporary Art at the GuggenheimGuggenheim Museum, New York, NYGroup
2015Art AIDS America West Hollywood Library and One Archives Gallery and Museum, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2015A Brief History of Humankind: From the Collections of the Israel MuseumThe Israel Museum, Jerusalem, IsraelGroup
2015America is Hard to SeeWhitney Museum of American Art, New York, NYGroup
2015Homespun Seaver Art Gallery, Marlborough School, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2015The Seven Deadly Sins: LustHudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NYGroup
2015The Blue of DistanceAspen Art Museum, Aspen, COGroup
2015FRAMING DESIRE: Photography and VideoModern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TXGroup
2015HE: The Hergott Shepard Photography CollectionUniversity of Michigan, Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, MIGroup
2015Come As You Are: Art of the 1990sMontclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJGroup
2015SELF: Portraits of Artists in Their AbsenceNational Academy Museum, New York, NYGroup
2014The Gang: Photographs by Catherine OpieWalker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UKSolo
2014Only Miss the Sun when it Starts to SnowPeder Lund, Oslo, NorwaySolo
2014Being Here and ThereMuseum of Art and History Lancaster, Lancaster, CAGroup
2014Me and BenjaminGalerie Xippas, Paris, FranceGroup
2014Concrete InfinityMuseum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2014Exposure: An Exhibition of Contemporary PhotographyRobert and Elaine Stein Galleries, Wright State University, Dayton, OhioGroup
2014After Our Bodies Meet: From Resistance to PotentialityThe Leslie + Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian ArtGroup
2014The Douglas Nielsen CollectionCenter for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZGroup
2014Game ChangerBoulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, COGroup
2014Fan the FlamesArt Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, OntarioGroup
2014The Heart of Los AngelesUnion Station, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2014Pace Gems: Selections from the Linda Pace Foundation Permanent CollectionLinda Pace Foundation, San Antonio, TXGroup
2014Not For All My Little WordsMarc Straus, New York, NYGroup
2013In and Around LA Julius Shulman Institute, Los Angeles, CASolo
2013Catherine OpieRegen Projects, Los Angeles, CA, 2013Solo
2013The Gender ShowGeorge Eastman House, Rochester, NYGroup
2013I, You, WeWhitney Museum of American Art, New York, NYGroup
2013Ballet of Heads: The Figure in the CollectionUniversity of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CAGroup
2013Lens DrawingGalerie Marian Goodman, Paris, FranceGroup
2013The Illuminated LibraryFine Arts Gallery at San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CAGroup
2013I think it's in my headGirls' Club, Miami, FLGroup
2013Murals of La JollaThe La Jolla Community Foundation, La Jolla, CAGroup
2013Sie. Selbst. Nackt.Museen Böttcherstrasse, Bremen, GermanyGroup
2012Twelve Miles to the Horizon: Sunrises and Sunsets Long Beach Museum of Art, CASolo
2012BROADWAY BILLBOARD: Catherine Opie, Untitled (Stump Fire #4)Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, NYSolo
2012Catherine Opie: High School FootballMitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, NYSolo
2012Au Grand PalaisParis Photo, Paris, FranceGroup
2012101 Collection: Route 3CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CAGroup
2012Self-portraitsLouisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, DenmarkGroup
2012An Orchestrated Vision: The Theater of Contemporary PhotographySt. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MOGroup
2012the kids are all right: an exhibition about family and photographyJohn Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WIGroup
2012Inaugural Exhibition by Gallery ArtistsRegen Projects, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011Catherine OpieStephen Friedman Gallery, London, UKSolo
2011Catherine Opie: New Zealand; Zero to Something projectspace B431, Elam School of Fine Arts, New ZealandSolo
2011Catherine Opie: Empty and FullInstitute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MASolo
2011Catherine Opie: Football LandscapesPeder Lund, Oslo, NorwaySolo
2011Creating a Queer MuseumLeslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, NYGroup
2011HIDE and SEEK: Difference and Desire in American PortraitureBrooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2011Politics is PersonalStonescape, Napa Valley, CAGroup
2011The Lord & The New CreaturesNye + Brown, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011A Fine Line: Private Lives for Public ViewClifford Art Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NYGroup
2011Tender is the NightCity Gallery, Wellington, New ZealandGroup
2011More American PhotographsCCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in SportsEzra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CTGroup
2011The Personal is Political: Women Artists from the CollectionMuseum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011Rear Window: Brought to You in High DefPatrick Painter Inc, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing EnvironmentNevada Museum of Art, Reno, NVGroup
2011The Last First DecadeEllipse Foundation, Cascais, PortugalGroup
2011Politics is PersonalStonescape, Napa Valley, CAGroup
2010Catherine OpiePortland Art Museum, Portland, ORSolo
2010Catherine Opie: Figure and LandscapeLos Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CASolo
2010Catherine Opie: High School Football PlayersSabine Knust Galerie Maximilian Verlag, Munich, GermanySolo
2010Venezia-VeniceStudio Guenzani, Milan, ItalySolo
2010Catherine Opie: Twelve Miles to the HorizonRegen Projects II, Los Angeles, CASolo
2010Catherine Opie: GirlfriendsGladstone Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2010The City ProperMargo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010The Artist's MuseumMuseum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010HIDE and SEEK: Difference and Desire in American PortraitureNational Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.Group
2010IMAGE. ARCHITECTURE. NOW.Julius Shulman Institute, Woodbury University, Burbank, CAGroup
2010Decadence Now! Visions of ExcessExhibition Hall of Museum of Decorative Arts and Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech RepublicGroup
2010TrustMedia City Seoul, Seoul Museum of ArtGroup
2010Degrees of Separation: Contemporary Photography from the Permanent Collection San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CAGroup
2010HousedThe Alice Austen House Museum, Staten Island, NYGroup
2010Swell, Art 1950 – 2010 Friedrich Petzel Gallery, Metro Pictures, and Nyehaus Galleries, New YorkGroup
2010Ars Homo EroticaNational Museum in Warsaw, PolandGroup
2010Mixed Use, Manhattan: Photography and Related Practices 1970s to the PresentMuseo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, SpainGroup
2010The Tattoo ShowThe Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center, New York, NYGroup
201015 Minutes of Fame: Portraits from Ansel Adams to Andy WarholOrange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CAGroup
2010Coastlines: Images of Land and Sea Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TXGroup
2010On the Road: A Legacy of Walker EvansRobert Lehman Art Center at Brooks School, North Andover, MAGroup
2010Contemporary Urban Panoramas: Los Angeles, New York, ReykjavikCenter for Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010Hard TargetsWexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OHGroup
2010R for Replicant101 Collection: Route 1, CCA Wattis Institute for the Arts, San Francisco, CAGroup
2009Creating Identity: Portraits Today21c Museum, Louisville, KYGroup
2009Bitch is the New Black: Curated by Emma GrayHonor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009UnderwaterWestern Bridge, Seattle, WAGroup
2009The Art of Caring: A Look at Life Through Photography New Orleans, Museum of Art, New Orleans, LAGroup
2009Everywhere: Sexual Diversity and Policies in Art Santiago de Compostela, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporanea, Galicia, SpainGroup
2009Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes Yale School of Architecture, New Haven, CTGroup
2009sh(OUT): Human Rights and Contemporary Art Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, UKGroup
2009Los Angeles The Annenberg Space for Photography, Los AngelesGroup
2009Into the Sunset: Photography's Image of the American WestMuseum of Modern Art, New York, NYGroup
2009Mixed Signals: Artists Consider Masculinity in SportsCranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MIGroup
2008Catherine Opie The Blue of Distance: Photographs from AlaskaStephen Friedman Gallery, London, UKSolo
2008Catherine Opie: American PhotographerGuggenheim Museum, New YorkSolo
2008Catherine OpieRegen Projects, Los Angeles, CASolo
2008Road TripSan Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CAGroup
2008Other People: Portraits from the Grunwald and Hammer CollectionsHammer Museum, Los AngelesGroup
2008Role Models: Feminine Identity in Contemporary American PhotographyNational Museum of Women in the Arts in DCGroup
2008Listen Darling…The World is YoursEllipse Foundation, Cascais, PortugalGroup
2008War as a Way of LifeCampbell, Clayton, 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2008Kiki: The Proof is in the PuddingRatio 3 Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2008Idle YouthGladstone Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2008This Side of Paradise: Body and Landscape in Los Angeles PhotographsThe Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CAGroup
2008In Repose: An exhibition from the collection of Debra and Dennis Scholl, Miami Beach, FloridaThe Galleries at Moore, Goldie Paley Gallery Philadelphia, PAGroup
2007Knocking the DoorInternational Incheon Women Artists' Biennale, Incheon, KoreaGroup
2007Glass Love: Contemporary Art and SurfSanta Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
2007Refugees of Group SelectionFranklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2007All the More Real: Portrayals of Intimacy And EmpathyParrish Art Museum, Southampton, NYGroup
2007Passion Complex: Selected Works from the Albright Knox Art Gallery21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, JapanGroup
2007Darling, take FountainKalfayan Galleries, Athens, GreeceGroup
2007Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: 45 Years of Art & FeminismMuseo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, SpainGroup
2007Global FeminismsElizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New YorkGroup
2007Pretty BabyModern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TexasGroup
2007Multiple Vantage Points: Southern California Women Artists, 1980-2006 Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2007Family PicturesGuggenheim Museum, New York, NYGroup
2007Hammer Contemporary CollectionHammer Museum, Los Angeles, CAGroup
20061999 & In and Around HomeAldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CTSolo
2006Catherine Opie: ChicagoMuseum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, ILSolo
2006Catherine Opie: American CitiesGladstone Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2006Red Eye: L.A. Artists from the Rubell Family CollectionRubell Family Collection, Miami, FLGroup
2006The Unhomely: Phantom Scenes in Global SocietySecond International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Seville, SpainGroup
2006Couples Discourse Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PAGroup
2006Sixteen Tons: UCLA Department of Art FacultyNew Wight Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2006The Eighth Square: Gender, Life and Desire in Art Since 1960 Museum Ludwig Köln, Cologne, GermanyGroup
2006Photographs That I LovePatricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2006Still Points of the Turning World: SITE Santa Fe's Sixth International BiennialSITE Santa Fe, NMGroup
2006The Last Time They MetStephen Friedman Gallery, London, UKGroup
2006Work Zones: Three Decades of Contemporary Art from The San Francisco Art Institute San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CAGroup
2006Step Into LiquidMuseum of Contemporary Art, Denver, COGroup
2006Dark PlacesSanta Monica Museum of Modern Art, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2006Skin Is a LanguageWhitney Museum of American Art, New York, NYGroup
2005Literally and Figuratively. Photographic PortraitsThe Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, CanadaGroup
2005Frontiers: Collecting the Art of Our TimeWorchester Art Museum, Worchester, MAGroup
2005The New City: SubUrbia in Recent PhotographyGroup
2005Family Pictures: Contemporary Photography and Video from the Collection of the Guggenheim MuseumGalleria Gottardo, Lugano, SwitzerlandGroup
2005Ideal Worlds: New Romanticism in Contemporary ArtSchirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, Frankfurt, GermanyGroup
2005Anniversary ExhibitionStephen Friedman Gallery, London, UKGroup
2005BidibidobidibooFondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, ItalyGroup
2005Farsites: Urban Crisis and Domestic Symptoms in Recent Contemporary ArtSan Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CAGroup
2005Vanishing Point: Hidden Beauty in Contemporary ArtIsrael Museum, Jerusalem, IsraelGroup
2005Getting EmotionalInstitute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MAGroup
2005Universal Experience: Art, Life, and the Tourist's EyeMuseum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, ILGroup
2005Contemporary Photography and the Garden: Deceits and FantasiesMiddlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VTGroup
2004Catherine Opie: ChildrenStudio Guenzani, Milan, ItalySolo
2004Catherine Opie: SurfersGorney, Bravin & Lee, New York, NYSolo
2004Catherine Opie: SurfersStephen Friedman Gallery, London, UKSolo
2004Catherine Opie: SurfersRegen Projects, Los Angeles, CASolo
200426th São Paulo BiennialPavilhão Ciccillo Matarazzo, Parque do Ibirapuera, Sao Paulo, BrazilGroup
2004The Leopard Spots: Between Art, Performance, and Club Culture18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2004That Bodies Speak, Has Been Known for a Long TimeGenerali Foundation, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2004The Whitney BiennialWhitney Museum of American Art, New York, NYGroup
2004100 Artists See GodJewish Museum San Francisco, CAGroup
2003Inaugural ExhibitionRegen Projects, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2003Intimates Angles, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2003Art, Lies and VideotapeTate Liverpool, UKGroup
2003Still Life, Still HereArmory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CAGroup
2003Phantom of Desire: Visions of Masochism in ArtNeue Galerie Graz und Stadtmuseum Graz, Graz, AustriaGroup
2003Site SpecificMuseum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Chicago, ILGroup
2003Portraiture Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2003Micropolitics I. Art and Everyday Life: 2001 – 1989Espai d'Art Contemporani de Castelló, SpainGroup
2003Elegy: Contemporary RuinsMuseum of Contemporary Art, Denver, COGroup
2003Imperfect InnocenceContemporary Museum, Baltimore, MDGroup
2003Phantom of PleasureNeue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Graz, AustriaGroup
2003Just Love Me: Post Feminist Art of 1990s from Goetz CollectionBergen Kunstmuseum, Bergen, GermanyGroup
20035 Year < RetroConner Contemporary Art, Washignton, D.C.Group
2002Catherine Opie: IcehousesStudio Guenzani, Milan, ItalySolo
2002Catherine Opie: IcehousesRegen Projects, Los Angeles, CASolo
2002Catherine Opie: Skyways and IcehousesWalker Art Center, Minneapolis, MNSolo
2002Majestic Sprawl: Recent Los Angeles PhotographyPasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CAGroup
2002Die Wohltat Der Kunst – Post Feministische Positionen der 90er Jahre aus der Sammlung GoetzStaatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, GermanyGroup
2002Photographic Impulse: Highlights from the Joseph and Elaine Monsen CollectionHenry Art Gallery, Seattle, WAGroup
2002En RouteSerpentine Gallery, LondonGroup
2002The SelfCirculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, SpainGroup
2002Ghost ImageGorney, Bravin & Lee, New York, NYGroup
2002Parallels and IntersectionsSan Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CAGroup
2002Visions from America: Photographs from the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1940-2000Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NYGroup
2002Hautnah, Die Sammlung Goetz Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, GermanyGroup
2002Fusion CuisineCentre for Contemporary Art, Athens, GreeceGroup
2001Wall StreetStephen Friedman Gallery, London, UKSolo
20011999Galeria Presenca, Porto, PortugalSolo
2001Wall Street 2000-2001Bravin & Lee, New York, NYSolo
2001EXTRAordinary Madison Art Center, Madison, WIGroup
2001fe-male Plakat-Intervention U-Bahnstation, Braunschweiggasse, Vienna, AustriaGroup
2001The "O" Portfolio Domestic Furniture, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2001The Great Wide Open The Huntington Library, San Marino, CAGroup
2001Open City Street Photographs Since 1950Musuem of Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UKGroup
2001The Slide AreaJames Van Damme Gallery, Brussels, BelguimGroup
2001Before They Became Who They AreWehby Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2001Beyond Boundaries: Contemporary Photography in California Ansel Adams Center, Friends of Photography, San Francisco, CAGroup
2001Uniforme - Ordine e DisordinePitti Images Florence, ItalyGroup
2000Catherine Opie: In between here and there The Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MOSolo
2000Altered States of America: Catherine OpieThe Photographers' Gallery, London, UKSolo
2000Catherine Opie: Large Format PolaroidsThread Waxing Space, New York, NYSolo
2000Catherine Opie,Artpace, San Antonio, TXSolo
2000Catherine OpiePartobject Gallery, Carrboro, NCSolo
2000Catherine OpieGorney Bravin + Lee, New York, NYSolo
2000Catherine OpieSusan Inglett, New York, NYSolo
2000Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900 – 2000Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2000Magnetic NorthWalker Art Center, Minneapolis, MNGroup
2000Beyond Boundaries: Contemporary Photography in California University Art Museum, California State University Long Beach, CAGroup
2000Catherine Opie & John KirchnerConner Contemporary Art, Washington, D.C.Group
2000Escape_Space Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Karlsruhe, GermanyGroup
2000Sites Around the City: Art and EnvironmentArizona State University Art Museum, Phoenix, AZGroup
2000Age of Influence Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, ILGroup
2000Representing Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NYGroup
2000L.A.Monika Spruth & Philomene Magers, Cologne, GermanyGroup
2000L.A.Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens, GreeceGroup
2000Drive: power>progress>desire Govett-Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth, New ZealandGroup
2000Rear View Mirror: Automobile Images and American IdentitiesUniversity of California at Riverside Museum of Photography, Riverside, CAGroup
2000The California InvitationalAnsel Adams Center for Photography, San Francisco, CAGroup
2000AutoWerke Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
1999Catherine Opie: A SurveyWoodstreet Galleries, Pittsburgh, PASolo
1999DomesticRegen Projects, Los Angeles, CASolo
1999Los AngelesPhilomene Magers Projektes & Maxmilian Verlag, Munich, GermanyGroup
1999The American Century: Art and Culture, 1900-2000Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NYGroup
1999Foul Play Thread Waxing Space, New York, NYGroup
1999The Modernist DocumentLeonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University, Montreal, CanadaGroup
1999Plain Air Gladstone Gallery, New York, NYGroup
1999Defining Eye: Women Photographers of the Twentieth Century Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1999Signs of LifeThe Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne, AustraliaGroup
1999Drive-By: New Art from LASouth London Gallery, London, UKGroup
1999Collectors Collect Contemporary: 1990 – 99Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MAGroup
1999Jerome Caja: Paintings from the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American ArtCalifornia State University, Fullerton, CAGroup
1998Mini-MallsJay Gorney Modern Art, New York, NYSolo
1998Love's Body, Rethinking Naked and Nude in PhotographyTokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, JapanGroup
1998Lost Paradise: Catherine Opie, Ellen Cantor, Joachim Koester Presenca Gallery, Porto, PortugalGroup
1998Babes Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1998From the Corner of the EyeStedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NetherlandsGroup
1998Where: Allegories of Site in Contemporary ArtWhitney Museum of American Art at Champion, Stanford, CTGroup
1998L.A. Times: Art from Los Angeles in the Re Rebaudengo Sandretto Collection Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Per L'Arte, Torino, ItalyGroup
1998Out Inside: University of California Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Faculty ArtistsUniversity of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CAGroup
1997Catherine OpieMuseum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CASolo
1997Houses and LandscapesGinza Art Space, Shiseido, Tokyo, JapanSolo
1997Portraits and HousesSusanne Hilberry Gallery, Birmingham, MISolo
1997American Art 1975-1995 from the Whitney Museum: Multiple IdentityCastello di Rivoli, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, ItalyGroup
1997Defining Eye: Women Photographers of the 20th CenturySt. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MOGroup
1997A Hotbed of Advanced Art: Four Decades of Visual Arts at University of California IrvineThe Art Gallery, University of California, IrvineGroup
1997Elusive Paradise: Los Angeles Art from the Permanent CollectionMuseum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1997TrashMuseo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e RoveretoGroup
1997Selections from the Audrey & Sidney Irmas Collection of Photographic Self-Portraits: 1940 – 1996Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1997Identity Crisis: Self Portraiture at the End of the CenturyMilwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WIGroup
1997Cruising L.A.Galeria de Arte Soledad Lorenzo, Madrid, SpainGroup
1997Los Angeles: Metropolis USADansk Arkitektur Center, Copenhagen, DenmarkGroup
1997Sunshine & Noir: Art in LA 1960 – 1997Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, DenmarkGroup
1997Spheres of Influence Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1997Veronica's Revenge: Selections from the Lambert Art CollectionCentre d' Art Contemporain, Geneva, SwitzerlandGroup
1997Rrose is a Rrose is a Rrose: Gender Performance in PhotographyGuggenheim Museum, New York, NYGroup
1997Fabrications: Hamish Buchanan, Catherine Opie, and David RasmusVancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, CanadaGroup
1997El Rostro Velado:Travestismo e Identidad en el ArteKoldo Mitxelena Kulturunea, San Sebastián, SpainGroup
1996Houses and LandscapesRegen Projects, Los Angeles, CASolo
1996Houses and FreewaysJay Gorney Modern Art, New York, NYSolo
1996FreewaysFeigen Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
1996Lie of the LandUniversity Art Museum, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
1996Go West: LandscapesReicher Gallery, Barat College, Lake Forest, ILGroup
1996Face and Figure: Contemporary Art in the Permanent CollectionMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston, MAGroup
1996InbetweenerCentre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, UKGroup
1996EvidentThe Photographers' Gallery, London, UKGroup
1996adrift: Scenes From the Penetrable CultureCenter for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NYGroup
1996Nirvana: Capitalism and the Comsumed ImageCenter on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WAGroup
1996Just Past: The Contemporary in the Permanent Collection, 1975 – 96The Geffen Contemporary at Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1996Man's World: Selections from the Permanent CollectionMuseum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1996What I Did On My Summer VacationWhite Columns, New York, NYGroup
1996Gender, FuckedCenter on Contemporary Art, Seattle, WAGroup
1996Art at the End of the 20th Century: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American ArtTsai National Gallery, Athens, GreeceGroup
1996California Focus Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CAGroup
1996Pictures of Modern LifeGalerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, BelgiumGroup
1996Passage a l'acteGalerie Jennifer Flay, Paris, FranceGroup
1996Sexual Politics: Judy Chicago's "Dinner Party" in Feminist Art HistoryHammer Museum, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1996PersonaThe Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago, ILGroup
1996Piggybackback Galerie Bela Jarzyk, Cologne, GermanyGroup
1996Defining the Nineties: Consensus-making in New York, Miami, and Los AngelesMuseum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FLGroup
1996Campo 95Konstmuseet, Malmo, SwedenGroup
1996Black and BlueGroninger Museum, Groninger, HollandGroup
1996Fabrications: Hamish Buchanan, Catherine Opie, and David RasmusDunlop Art Gallery, Regina, CanadaGroup
1996Recent Acquisitions, 1992 – 1996 Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZGroup
1995PortraitsEnterprise, New York, NYSolo
1995PortraitsParco, Tokyo, JapanSolo
1995PortraitsGaleria Massimo De Carlo, Milan, ItalySolo
1995Portraits and FreewaysRichard Foncke Galerie, Ghent, BelgiumSolo
1995TransformersIndependent Curators International, New YorkGroup
1995A Glimpse of the Norton Collection as Revealed by Kim DingleSanta Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CAGroup
1995Images of MasculinityVictoria Miro Gallery, London, UKGroup
1995PortraitsJanice Guy, New York, NYGroup
1995Presence: Recent PortraitsAngles Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
1995Feminine-Masculin: the Sex of ArtMusee national d'art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, FranceGroup
1995La Belle et la Bete: Art Contemporain AmericainMusée d'art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, FranceGroup
1995P.L.A.N.: Photography Los Angeles NowLos Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1995CampoFondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, ItalyGroup
1995PervertUniversity of California, Irvine, CAGroup
1995In a Different LightUniversity Art Museum at Berkeley, Berkeley, CAGroup
19951995 Whitney BiennialWhitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, 1995Group
1994PortraitsRegen Projects, Los Angeles, CASolo
1994PortraitsKiki Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1994L.A. FreewaysJack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
1994In the Field: Landscape in Recent PhotographyMargo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1994Little House on the PrairieMarc Jancou Gallery, London, UKGroup
1994Persona CognitaMuseum of Modern Art at Heide, Melbourne, AustraliaGroup
1994Selections of the Permanent Collection of PhotographyCentro Cultural-Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, MexicoGroup
1994Oh boy, it's a girlKunstverein Munchen, Munich, GermanyGroup
1994Faculty-Staff: New. Work.University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CAGroup
1994Love in the RuinsLong Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CAGroup
1994Out West and Back East: New Work in Los Angeles and New YorkSanta Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CAGroup
1993Invitational 93Regen Projects, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1993Regarding MasculinityArthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, LAGroup
1993Back Talk, Women's Voices in the 90sSanta Barbara Contemporary Art Forum, Santa Barbara, CAGroup
1993Queerly DefinedEye Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
1993Dress CodesInstitute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MAGroup
1993I am the EnunciatorThread Waxing Space, New York, NYGroup
1992WastelandFotografie Biennale Rotterdam III, Rotterdam, NetherlandsGroup
1992Breaking BarriersSanta Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CAGroup
1991Being and Having 494 Gallery, New York, NYSolo
1991SituationNew Langton Arts, San Francisco, CAGroup
1991Someone or SomebodyBloom Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1990A Long Way from Paris: Photographs from MacArthur Park, Metro Rail, and Their SurroundingsBeyond Baroque, Venice, CASolo
1990All But the ObviouscL.A.C.E., Los Angeles, CAGroup
1989Master PlanUnited States Post Office, Valencia, CASolo
1989Master PlanMills College, Oakland, CASolo
1989New LandscapesAngel Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CAGroup
1989Young California ArtistsSouthcoast Museum, Costa Mesa, CAGroup
1988Los Angeles Art FairLos Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CAGroup
1988Five Women ArtistsL.A.C.E., Los Angeles, CAGroup
1987UnknownGuggenheim Gallery, Orange County, CAGroup
1985UnknownCamerawork Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
216Portraits and LandscapesLehmann Maupin, New York, NYSolo