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Celebrating PRIDE: Catherine Opie: BFA 1985 & Honorary Doctorate 2020

Celebrating June PRIDE

[photo of Catherine Opie as a student in Pirkle Jones’s View Camera Class; screen shot from Opie’s 2020 SFAI Honorary Doctorate Address holding a photo of herself at 1985 SFAI commencement as the recipient of the Fletcher Cup]

“The Art Institute shaped and formed me as a person.  I was a little baby dyke and I wore a fedora and an overcoat and I wandered with my Rolleiflex and I looked through it and I tried to frame the world. Photographers bear witness…We are bearing witness at a historical time throughout the world and it is our job to actually create a conversation around it.”-------From Catherine Opie’s 2020 SFAI Honorary Doctorate Address. Her full speech is available at 40:29 thru 53:01:

A 2019 Guggenheim recipient, Opie has been a longtime esteemed faculty member at UCLA.

more info from the Guggenheim Fellows website: and a link to SFMOMA’s interview with Catherine Opie regarding her “Groundbreaking Queer Portraiture:

Link to 2020 Commencement:

With permission, SFAA is re-posting the emails Jeff Gunderson Librarian/Archivist Anne Bremer Memorial Library has been sending out since March 2020. Please enjoy this magnificent archive.


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