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.

Published in The Gaurdian

With 200 works by 71 female artists, a new exhibition of pioneering photography was ‘too quiet and poetic’ to be properly appreciated in the 1970s.

Sister acts: when the avant garde met feminism – in pictures

By Steve Seid

"… a provisional curatorial platform called The Floating Museum in which by the-seat-of-her-pants, the-sparest-of-resources, and the-tenacity-of-radical-vision, Lynn harnessed the energy of literally hundreds of artists..."

Let It Float: Steve Seid on The Floating Museum

By Tim Schneider in Artnet

"Lynn Hershman Leeson has been working at the forefront of technology and feminism for nearly six decades. In the late 1960s, her practice began incorporating a motif called the water woman, a silhouette of Hershman Leeson’s own body ...

The Most Boundary-Pushing Artworks at Art Basel, From a Transcendent Mark Lecky Video to a Poignant Arthur Jafa Work

By Dodie Bellamy in Art Forum

”Like all the best personal art, Hershman Leeson’s points beyond itself. “About Face” explodes preconceived notions of what constitutes a self-portrait."

Lynn Hershman Leeson

By Jonathon Keats in Forbes

“What then to make of a binding site encoding Lynn Hershman’s name, guiding an antibody that gently binds to most everything? Hershman’s antibody doesn’t have much in common with conventional depictions of the immune system as a ...

Creating Portraits Using Dna Forensics, an Artist Turns Police Into the Suspects

By Courtney Malick in Topical Cream

“The Venice debut of the artist’s video installation, Logic Paralyzes the Heart (2022), has won her a distinguished special mention from the Biennale’s jury, confirming the entangled and all-encompassing narratives that she so ...

Lynn Hershman Leeson in Venice: Logic Paralyzes the Heart

By Dodie Bellamy in ArtForum

“When your art production originates out of the paradigms of one century, then continues into another century with its very different paradigms, you either ossify or look around. Hershman Leeson utilizes whatever culture offers up to ...

Lynn Hershman Leeson: Altman Siegal

Published by La Biennale Di Venezia

"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 ...

Special Mention Awarded to Lynn Hershman Leeson From La Biennale Di Venezia

By Ben Luke in The Art Newspaper

"The cyborg is an example of another key element of Alemani’s thesis: the hybrid body, whether that be human-animal, human-plant or, in this case, human-machine. Hershman Leeson is characteristically knowing and critical."

The Stuff of Dreams: Cecilia Alemani Delivers a Perfectly Judged Biennale

By Kate Brown and Naomi Rea in Artnet

"Another one to look out for is the legendary new media art pioneer Lynn Hershman Leeson, who made what is regarded by some as the first ever media work in 1966, by incorporating sound into her work."

3 Themes to Expect in Cecilia Alemani’s Venice Biennale Exhibition, From Ghostly Apparitions to Indigenous Perspectives

By Tony Bravo in SF Chronicle

"In 1972, San Francisco artist Lynn Hershman Leeson inadvertently caused an entire showcase of female artists to shut down. The exhibition was at the Berkeley Art Museum (now the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive), and the ...

At 80, S.F. Artist Celebrated by Industry That Once Shunned Her

By Robin Pogrebin in The New York Times

"A new video by the media artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson explores the birth of artificial organisms, while the Korean artist Geumhyung Jeong conjures robotic bodies that can be reassembled."

A Venice Biennale Informed by the Pandemic Will Spotlight Women