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 Robbie Harris on Radio IQ from WVTF

"Lynn Hershman-Leeson has been called one of the world’s most influential media artists and a pioneer of feminist art. Her works explore the effects of modern technology on the self - particularly the female self."

Portrayal of Women in American Culture

By Izabella Scott in Artsy

"In North America, artists from the older feminist guard also took to the web. The new media pioneer Lynn Hershman Leeson had been developing an alter ego throughout the 1970s, named Roberta Breitmore, who she brought into existence ...

A Brief History of Cyberfeminism

By Orit Gat in Frieze

"Lorna is proof of how ahead of her time Lynn Hershman Leeson has always been, and how current she still is. Made in 1983, the piece is an interactive video installation that sees viewers make decisions for Lorna, an agoraphobic woman who ...

Critics Guide: London

By Johanna Fateman in Book Forum

"Civic Radar, the first major retrospective of Hershman Leeson’s work, presented by the ZKM Karlsruhe last year, was a rare opportunity to view these fascinating pieces. The substantial, handsome accompanying catalogue, replete ...

Lynn Hershman Leeson: Civic Radar

By Lynn Hershman Leeson in Sloan Science & Film

"I began working with technology, like most important things in my life, by mistake. When I was 16 years old, I was hurrying to copy a drawing. It got stuck in the Xerox machine and became a by-product of that ...

On The Cusp of Disaster

By Juliana Huxtable in ArtForum

"When I was starting out as an artist, people were just beginning to unwrap their identities, just beginning to reclaim their histories. Since then, it seems to have gone from an unwrapping to an unraveling."

Personae of Interest: Lynn Hershman Leeson and Juliana Huxtable in Conversation

By Mia Wendel-DiLallo in Clocktower Radio

"Long before the digital revolution and virtualization of identities became part of our everyday lives, Hershman Leeson created surrogate personas and investigated key issues such as surveillance, identity politics, ...

Clocktower Radio Profiles: Lynn Hershman Leeson, Civic Radar

By Gabrielle Pelicci in Huffington Post

"Through intimate interviews, art, and rarely seen archival film and video footage, !Women Art Revolution reveals how the Feminist Art Movement fused free speech and politics to radically transform the art and culture of ...

5 Awesome Feminist Documentaries That You Need to See Right Now

By Tess Thackara in Artsy

"The 74-year-old artist is one of a couple dozen women who, over the past three years, have received a surge of long-overdue attention across the art world. Though she has been recognized on the West Coast as a feminist and new media ...

Lynn Hershman Leeson on Cyberfeminism, Genetics, and Retooling Technology for the Benefit of Humankind

By Marc Garrett in Furtherfield

"In the introduction of Civic Radar, editor Peter Weibel sets out the motivation, layout and journey of the book. This first comprehensive monograph of Lynn Hershman Leeson’s artistic career, spanning across five decades."

Civic Radar: Book Review

By Rachel Wetzler in Art News

"In 1968 the artist Lynn Hershman Leeson (then known as Lynn Hershman) began publishing art criticism under the guise of three invented personas: Gay Abandon, Herbert Goode, and Prudence Juris. Each “critic” had his or her own style, ...

The Invisible Artist: Lynn Hershman Leeson’s Multiple Personalities

By Mat Smith in Artspace

"In this installation, you sit in “Lorna’s apartment” and watch a TV on which an apparently agoraphobic woman is shown applying makeup and going about her daily tasks. Flip through the channels, and you might even come across her fiddling ...

5 Key Works That Chart the Digital Art Revolution