10 September 2013

Acclaimed Documentary Photographer Catherine Opie to Speak

On Monday, September 16 at 7:00 p.m., internationally acclaimed documentary photographer Catherine Opie will speak at Burchfield Penney Art Center.

Opie is one of the most visible and widely exhibited lesbian artists in the world, and one of the rare queer artists to achieve mainstream success on  her own terms.  In the fall of 2008, she was the subject of a major mid-career retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum.

Opie's talk is presented by UB's Department of Visual Studies, in partnership with New York City's Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center and the Burchfield Penney.   Jonathan D. Katz, director of the UB PhD program in visual studies, is the president of the Leslie-Lohman Museum and curated the series.

"She is perhaps the most celebrated living queer photographer," Katz says, "and a founding figure in queer art in general.  Her studio portraits rose to prominence in the 1990's, in part due to her repeated subversion of familiar expectations and social codes."

Currently a photography professor at UCLA, Opie's work has been widely exhibited in the U.S., Europe and Japan.  She received the Julius Shulman Excellence in Photography Award in 2013 and a United States Artists Fellowship in 2006.

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