Playing Oneself
Exhibition Review
Sep 1, 2021
Haber Arts
John Haber

Lynn Hershman Leeson has spent a lifetime playing others. Can she have found at last her true self?

Or was her art all along, like an early video, A Commercial for Myself? In playing others, was also playing herself. She came to prominence in the 1970s, as Roberta Breitmore, and people looked forward to her alter ego the way fans of painting looked forward to an artist’s signature expression. As the first in a suite of shows at the New Museum, she asks where invention or technology leaves off and the body or identity begins. Her idea of technology has received a sharp update at that. In the most recent of her Electronic Diaries, she chronicles her attempts to archive her DNA, so that she can multiply herself that much more.