Lisa Oppenheim

Hi everyone. Meet Lisa Oppenheim – artist, Jewess, Gemini; bridger of gaps in space and time, Petfinder lurker, roadside cafe-enthusiast. Born and raised in New York City, Lisa completed her undergraduate studies at Brown University, which she followed up with an MFA at Bard. After two years of living in converted cavalry barracks at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (Royal Academy of Visual Arts), an artists’ residency program in Amsterdam, she returned to New York, where she is currently represented by Harris Lieberman Gallery. Her work can be found in multiple Guggenheims (NYC and Bilbao!) and at the New Museum. (“Free,” which closed in January, featured one of her beautiful and totally mind-bending works of art.) We love her amazing photographic manipulations, her super-savvy style, and her willingness to answer our 28 probing questions as the 29th Lady of Castor & Pollux.

silk beaded necklace by Hacienda Montaecristo; photo by John von Pamer

Favorite recipe?
Rigatoni Pitti from Bar Pitti. I’ve spent all winter trying to master it from taste and memory.

Last great book you read?
Hmm… Hollywood Babylon by Kenneth Anger. Celebrity gossip of the silent screen, the long dead and the forgotten.

Summer drink of choice?
Aperol and white wine spritzer.

Your animals—names and breeds?
Dogs, mutts. My Ethel.

Do you exercise? What do you do, if so?
Yes! I love Pilates when it’s not too athletic.

Salty or sweet?
Caramel with salt. A girl can have both.

Who inspires you and why?
This is a hard one. I think radical, free-spirited Jewish women of all kinds. Well, I guess that’s a pretty limited category. Maya Deren. Emma Goldman. “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be in your revolution.” How is that not the most inspiring one-liner of all time?

Pool or ocean?
Ocean for sure. Hard to get dreamy about chlorine.

Favorite city?
NYC, obviously. I’m a native New Yorker and function poorly anywhere else.

Last great vacation?

Favorite tv show?
Big Mad love men.

Weirdest job you’ve ever had?
There have been plenty, but I guess nude modeling for motorcycle calendars.

Favorite restaurant?
Anything by the side of the road, on a road I want to be on. In Italy.

Favorite object in your home?
My friends’ art.

Favorite piece of clothing?
Ratty, steel-blue rabbit fur coat.

Favorite blog or website?
Petfinder.org. Artforum.com. Huffingtonpost.com. Wikis of all kinds.

Something you’re scared of?
The cold. Being cold. The potential of global cooling.

Favorite record?
Probably Speaking in Tongues. Or The Velvet Underground. Or Let It Bleed. Or Slanted and Enchanted—my favorite summer album.

Favorite pop song?
What exactly makes something a pop song? I guess it changes by the day. Today it’s still to early for me to have figured it out.

Your ideal day?
On Fire Island.

Favorite gift you’ve ever received?

Favorite flower?
Cannabis Sativa.

Favorite scent (perfume)?
Fresh’s Cannabis Santal.

Astrological sign?

What do you do for a living?
Make art and email.

Where do you live?
Jane Street!

Your lucky number?
27, although it was one of my least favorite years.

What piece of art would you buy if you had absolutely no budget?
A Vermeer. One that was not stolen or forged.

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2 Responses to “LADIES OF CASTOR & POLLUX: LADY NO. 29
Lisa Oppenheim”

  1. YOU'RE THE STAR OF MY MOVIE | Lisa Oppenheim / Killed Walker Evans Says:

    […] shot Lisa for The Ladies of Castor & Pollux and I’ve met her before but it is always funny what you learn about someone when you are […]

  2. Luisa Giugliano Says:

    Hello Lisa. A fellow C&P obsessive, a member of my cohort at Bard. It’s a tiny, little world.xoLuisa

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