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 Sienna Freeman in Daily Serving

"Immediately upon entering the space, a perceptual split between the virtual and the real is presented by Hershman Leeson’s The Infinity Engine (2014–2017), a row of distorted mirrors that subsumes and reflects our own ...

Lynn Hershman Leeson: Civic Radar at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

By Kelsey Lannin in Vice

"It’s serious business fighting the persistent gender inequity in the arts. For Lynn Hershman Leeson, whose retrospective Civic Radar is now at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, it’s life and death."

Omission is Murder for Feminist Media Art Pioneer Lynn Hershman Leeson

By Hannah Stamler in The Village Voice

"By Hannah Stamler in The Village Voice

"'In the beginning, it seemed innocent enough.' These words open Lynn Hershman Leeson’s Seduction of a Cyborg, a dark tale for the Information Age included in “Remote ...

Lynn Hershman Leeson’s New-Media Experiments Bend Reality

By Alex Greenberger in Art News

"Tucked away at the back of Vilma Gold gallery’s Armory Show booth is a sculpture that tweets your picture, so you don’t have to do it yourself: Lynn Hershman Leeson’s HYBRID MUTANT #2 (1966–2017). The pictures wind up on the ...

A Lynn Hershman Leeson Sculpture at the Armory Show Takes Your Picture and Tweets It for You

By Alex Greenberger in Art News

“For the artist herself, the attention had been a long time coming. “People say I’ve been rediscovered,” Hershman Leeson told me, “but there’s no re-. I was never discovered before two and a half years ago.” Since then, she has ...

A New Future from the Passed

By Lara Atallah in The Brooklyn Rail

"Operating at the confluence of technology and visual arts, Lynn Hershman Leeson’s practice has been heralded as pioneering. Much of her work is a product of second-wave feminism that came about in the 1960s, at a time where ...

Lynn Hershman Leeson: Remote Controls

By Marnie Schleicher in SF Weekly

"Dressed all in black, Johnny Cash-style — black jacket, black pants, black shoes — Lynn Hershman Leeson stands in Yerba Buena Center for the Arts’ main gallery on a Friday morning, surrounded by a lifetime of her artwork."

A Retrospective of Ones Own, for Lynn Hershman Leeson

By Michelle Threadgould in KQED

“Here I am, at 75 years old, and my work is being seen for the first time,” says Lynn Hershman Leeson, whose retrospective Civic Radar is currently on view at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. It marks the first major exhibition of ...

Artist Lynn Hershman Leeson on Being ‘Discovered’ at 75

By Max-Peter Heyne & Gabriele Leidloff in Die Tagespost

“But Hershman Leeson’s avant-garde technologism is cut with camp, horror, and feminized abjection, undergirding an eerie feeling that interactivity is as much about capture and control as it is about ...

Against Lies and Repression: A Special Theme of the Berlinale Are Films About the Struggle for Freedom and Civil Rights

By Knut Elstermann in Radioeins

“Dr. Frank Ochberg is a psychiatrist and trauma specialist in New York. His specialty is post traumatic stress disorders and Stockholm syndrome. The famous Cuban artist Tania Bruguera, after having been a prisoner of conscience in ...

Berlinale Night Talk: Tania Libre

By Michelle Robertson in SF Gate

“Within moments, the exhibition introduces many of the themes that Bay Area resident Leeson has grappled with during her career, a career that long remained under-the-radar. The program, selected from a collection of over 800 ...

Lynn Hershman Leeson: Civic Radar opens at the YBCA

By Aurelio Cianciotta in Neural

“This thick luxurious ZKM catalogue of Lynn Hershman Leeson’s work, produced after her retrospective exhibition, is the most complete to date on the artist, achieving a long-overdue public acknowledgement of her work."

Lynn Hershman Leeson: Civic Radar