Lynn Hershman Leeson


The following is an archive of written works related to Lynn Hershman Leeson’s career, important exhibitions, and Civic Radar, the most comprehensive exhibition and catalogue of her work to date. It also includes a selection of essays that expose the philosophical underpinnings of Hershman Leeson’s work, written by the artist herself. Text from earlier in the artist’s career is being added over time.

By Emily Holmes in Hyperallergic

"Lynn Hershman Leeson’s retrospective at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts reveals an artist who’s introduced cutting-edge technologies to the art world and pulled stunts that surprise and unsettle."

50 Years of Lynn Hershman Leeson’s Tricks and Tech Art Innovations

By Anna Novakov in Art Press

"Visiting Lynn Hershman Leeson’s retrospective, Civic Radar, is a bit of an out-of-body experience. Organized by ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany, it is currently on view at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San ...

Lynn Hershman Leeson, Civic Radar

By Jori Finkel in The Art Newspaper

"The artist takes a turn on the psychiatrist’s couch in a new documentary by Lynn Hershman Leeson that delves into the psychology of government oppression."

Freeing Tania Bruguera

By Genevieve Quick in Art Practical

"The works in Civic Radar collectively bounce off each other to provide a fuller picture than the sum of its parts. Themes are richly layered throughout the exhibition, sometimes taking the form of mischievous fun and other ...

Reflections in a Cyborg: Lynn Hershman Leeson’s Civic Radar

By Evan Moffitt in Frieze

"Recently awarded a USA Artist Fellowship, Lynn Hershman Leeson speaks about cultural technologies, personal narratives and alter egos."

All Lynn

By Amelia Abraham in Artsy

"Cahun was a forerunner to contemporary feminist artists like Lynn Hershman Leeson, Ana Mendieta, Cindy Sherman, and Gillian Wearing, among many others, who have played with elements of drag, often to critique the expectations placed on ...

A Brief History of Drag in the Art World

By Ellie Broughton in Litro Magazine

"Back in 2010 when the Guerrilla Girls first began to organise, Lynn Hershman Leeson was interviewed for the conclusion of her documentary on sexism in the art industry, !Women Art Revolution. The film captured the mischief of ...

Interview: Lynn Hershman Leeson

By Mary Halton in New Scientist

"Artist Lynn Hershman Leeson subtly undermines our ridicule of past practices with a real-time “consultation bot” that blurs the boundary between superstition and fact, nudging uncomfortably close to the role that Google and WebMD ...

Making an Art Out of Medical Record-Keeping

By Leah Garchik in The San Francisco Chronicle

"After agreeing on their inability to get galleries or museums interested in showing their work — Hershman Leeson described having a work thrown out of an art museum because “I used sound” — they began “making ...

Lynn Hershman Leeson and Eleanor Coppola, Mischief Makers

By Lucía Sanromán for SF Persistence of Vision Award

"For half a century now, Lynn Hershman Leeson has made pioneering contributions to performance, conceptual art, new media, and film with works whose formal and technical experimentation is matched by her ...

SF Film Persistence of Vision Award

By Alan Gilbert in E-Flux

"In this way, the gaze in Hershman Leeson’s work frequently aims to alternate between object and viewer, even if her primary subject is representations of the female body via technology and performance."

Lynn Hershman Leesons “Remote Controls”

Published in The New York Times

"In the 1970s, suffering the neglect endemic to most female artists during that period, Lynn Hershman Leeson assumed the identity of several fictional art critics, wrote about her own work and had the reviews published in art magazines."

What to See in New York Galleries This Week: Remote Controls