Lynn Hershman Leeson has been awarded a special mention from the Jury for her participation in the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia – The Milk of Dreams. The award was presented with the following motivation: “for indexing the cybernetic concerns that run through the exhibitions in an illuminating and powerful way that also includes visionary moments of her early practice that foresaw the influence of technology in our everyday lives.”

Logic Paralyzes the Heart Installation. 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia – The Milk of Dreams. 2022.




Basel, Switzerland
Hall 2.1 Booth S12
June 16-19 2022 (Public Days)
June 14-15, 2022 (VIP Preview)
Featuring Water Women and Twisted Gravity


Recent Projects


Tina Modotti Commemorative Sidewalk Plaque: 1952 Taylor Street

Ten years in the making, along with B. Ruby Rich and The Tina Modotti Heritage Committee, Lynn has succeeded in cementing a sidewalk plaque commemorating the fine art photographer and revolutionary activist Tina Modotti, outside of her home at 1952 Taylor Street, in San Francisco.

The Electronic diaries

“In 1984, after teaching herself how to use a video camera, Lynn Hershman Leeson sat down in front of it and began to talk and for 40 years developed a sly, profound and raw confessional mediated expression for an unknown audience that led towards personal evolution and survival.”

Lynn Hershman Leeson’s feature film The Electronic Diaries of Lynn Hershman Leeson  (2019) was this year officially selected by Sundance Film Festival to be part of the New Frontier exhibition. Prior to that it was on show at the Manual Override exhibition at The Shed, from late 2019 to early 2020.


Shadow Stalker

Shadow Stalker is a “live” interactive installation that uses algorithms, performance and projections to make visible private Internet systems like Predictive Policing that are increasingly used by law enforcement and promote racial profiling. Shadow Stalker will next be exhibited at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, as part of the Uncanny Valley exhibition, from Feb 22 – Oct 25, 2020.


Feature on Art21

Lynn Hershman Leeson is at once a pointed critic and a sly practical jokester, as she explores the roles that technology, media, and artifice play in society. This episode surveys the artist’s richly varied body of work, from her early performances as the fictional character Roberta Breitmore to the more recent VertiGhost, a work incorporating surveillance video and sculpture that offers a feminist riff on Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo.” Overlooked for the better part of her decades-long career, Leeson is now recognized as a pioneering multidisciplinary artist and critiques the gender biases that excluded her and other women artists.


Current Exhibitions

a feminist Avant-garde: Photographs and performances of the 1970s from the Verbund collection, Vienna

Arles, France
July 4 – Sept 25 , 2022

Lynn Hershman Leeson, 59th International Art Exhibition: La Biennale di Venezia

Venice, Italy
April 23 – Nov 27, 2022

Future BoDies from a recent Past: Sculpture, Technology, and the body since the 1950s

Munich, Germany
June 2, 2022 – January 15, 2023

Speculative Portraits

San Francisco, California
April 9 – September 5, 2022

Lives: Life, Survival, Living, Jut Art Museum

Taipei City, Taiwan
March 19 – July 31, 2022


Recent Exhibitions and Screenings


About Face, Altman Siegel Gallery

San Francisco, California
March – April, 2022

Person. Woman. Camera. TV. McEvoy Foundation for the Arts

San Francisco, CA
Sat, Mar 5, 2022 3-4pm

Writing the History of the Future: Signature Works of the Singular ZKM Media Art Collection, ZKM

Karlsruhe, Germany
December 17, 2021 – April 3, 2022

New Time: Art and Feminisms in the 21st Century, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Berkeley, California
August 25 – January 30, 2022

Code of Arms, Gazelli Art House

London, England
November 19th – January 15th, 2022

Wunderkammer 3 -DNAart

Esbjerg Kunstmuseum
Esbjerg, Denmark
April 24, 2021 – January 16, 2022

Proof. Incorporated, THe Prada Foundation

Milan, Italy
Oct 16, 2021 – Feb 19, 2022

Twisted, The New Museum

New York, New York
June 30- October 3

Send Me an Image: From Postcards to Social Media, C/O Berlin

Berlin, Germany
March 27 – September 2, 2021

Staged Intimacy 1974-2019

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Rozenstraat Amsterdam in collaboration with Paul van Esch

Lynn Hershman Leeson Films now on Criterion Collection

Gwanju Biennale 2020: Minds Rising, Spirits Turning

Gwangju, Korea
February 26 – May 9

SFMOMA Film Program: No Time to Rest!


San Francisco, California
November 11 – December 22, 2020

I Yield My Time. Fuck You!


Altman Siegel
San Francisco, California
October 29 – December 19, 2020

We Fight to Build a Free World: an Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz


Jewish Museum
New York, New York
October 1, 2020 – Jan 24, 2021

States of Mind: Art in American Democracy


Moody Center for the Arts, Rice University
Houston, Texas
September 19 – December 19

Uncanny valley: being human in the age of AI


de Young Museum
San Francisco, California
February 22 – October 25, 2020



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.

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