Civic Radar - Lynn Hershman Leeson

Book: Civic Radar

“[An] Indespensable book.” -Holland Cotter

Civic Radar presents the first comprehensive overview of Lynn Hershman Leeson’s work. Edited by Peter Weibel, with contributions from thirteen renowned authors.

Available from D.A.P. or Amazon

Electronic SuperHighway - Lynn Hershman Leeson

Current Exhibitions and Screenings

West by Midwest

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
November 17, 2018 – January 27, 2019

Artificial Paradise? Immersion in Space and Time

Künstlerhause Halle für Kunst and Medien
Graz, Austria
September 23 – November 29, 2018

DRAG: Self-portraits and Body Politics

Hayward Gallery at Southbank Centre
London, England
August 22 – October 14, 2018

Art in Motion. 100 Masterpieces with and through Media

Karlsruhe, Germany
July 14, 2018 – February 24, 2019

Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art

Riga, Latvia
June 2 – October 28, 2018

Objects Like Us

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Berlin, Germany
May 20, 2017 – January 13, 2019

Cellular World

Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art
Gallery of Modern Art
Glasgow, Scotland
April 19 – October 7, 2018

Current Projects

VertiGhost at the Legion of Honor & de Young museums

Lynn Hershman Leeson’s VertiGhost is inspired by and reinterprets Alfred Hitchcock’s film Vertigo (1958), key scenes for which were shot at the Legion of Honor. A multi-part installation about identity and authenticity, VertiGhost explores the tension between the difficulty or lack of desire to distinguish between reality and fiction versus the pursuit of truth. The film at the core of VertiGhost features the re-creation of select scenes from Vertigo, documentation of a painting by Amedeo Modigliani in the Museums’ collection that was enshrouded by questions of authenticity, as well as interviews about the construction of realities in life and art. The project also consists of an installation at both museum buildings and a live web component that incorporates live footage of viewers from the Legion of Honor by digitally inserting and implicating them into the narrative.


Tania Libre

Hershman Leeson’s latest film, winner of the Persistence of Vision Award at the 2017 SFFilm Festival and official selection of the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival in the Panorama category, focuses on renowned Cuban artist Tania Bruguera. The film documents the personal and emotional fallout of Bruguera’s unjust detentions through sessions with psychiatrist Dr Frank Ochberg, one of the founding fathers of modern psycho-traumatology.


Lynn Hershman Leeson Named 2016 USA Smith Fellow for Media

“Each year, United States Artists (USA) awards $50,000 fellowships to the country’s most accomplished and innovative artists working in the [arts]… United States Artists believes in risk-taking as central to promoting the power of art in American life and creatively impacting the world. The support that USA Fellows receive each year clears the way for unburdened artistic innovation and unleashes creative expression.”