Oral history interview with Catherine Opie

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.opie12
Creators:
Opie, Catherine, 1961-
Drohojowska-Philp, Hunter
Dates:
2012 August 13-27
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
7 Items
Sound recording: 7 sound files (5 hr., 17 min.)
digital, wav
112 Pages
Transcript
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
An interview of Catherine Opie conducted 2012 August 13-27, by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, for the Archives of American Art, at Opie's home and studio in Los Angeles, California.
Scope and Contents
Opie discusses her childhood in Sandusky, Ohio, moving to California, and introduction to photography; her life in San Francisco and its role in her formulation of sexuality and identity; the importance of identity within her work, especially that of the queer community; the role of architecture and her landscape paintings as metaphor for the queer community and the search for identity; the role of reconceptualization in her work, leading to the ever-changing nature of her works, including comparisons between her portraiture and her landscape photography; her influences and her moniker of the "American photographer" Opie also recalls her partner, painter Julie Burleigh; gallery owners Stuart and Shaun Regen; members of her community and subjects of her portraiture, and others.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Catherine Opie (1961- ) is an artist and professor in Los Angeles, California. Hunter Drohojowska-Philp is a writer and art historian in Los Angeles, California.

Administration
Existence and Location of Copies
Transcript available online.
Author
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.

General
General
Originally recorded as 7 digital sound files. Duration is 5 hr., 17 min.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
For information on how to access this interview contact Reference Services.
Conditions Governing Access
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.

Keywords
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Gay artists -- California -- San Francisco -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographers -- California -- Los Angeles -- Interviews Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
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Burleigh, Julie Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Regen, Shaun Caley Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Regen, Stuart, 1959-1998 Personal Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
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