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In Conversation: Catherine Opie and Jonathan D. Katz

Masculinities

American Football players on the field, from Catherine Opie's photographic series High School Football

Join the acclaimed US photographer Catherine Opie as she discusses her work chronicling queer subcultures, urban transformation and American popular culture.

Photographer Catherine Opie is joined by art historian and academic Jonathan D. Katz to discuss her work. Opie's political portraiture and documentary photography has consistently reflected on her interest in gender, identity and community. From her breakthrough series Being and Having (1991), which portrayed her friends from the queer, leather and BDSM communities on the West Coast, to images that unpack the gloss of American culture, highlighting racial and class divides, Opie’s body of work is a searing portrait of contemporary America.

Her work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including at the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo (2017), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2016), Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (2014) and the Guggenheim Museum, New York (2008).

Jonathan D. Katz is an art historian, curator and queer activist.

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image of a naked black man holding his knees to his chest

Listen: Masculinities playlist

We take a look at how musicians have dealt with the subject of masculinity to celebrate our upcoming exhibition Masculinities: Liberation through Photography.

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