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 Monika Fabijanska in The Brooklyn Rail

“Artists have to be optimists and believe that their efforts will make a difference.”

Lynn Hershman Leeson with Monika Fabijanska

By Elizabeth Buhe in Studio International

"The human body provides a jumping-off point for both artists, but while Hershman Leeson’s exploration of the relationship between technology and self draw strongly on a feminist perspective, Atkins’ consideration of ...

Lynn Hershman Leeson – Twisted; Ed Atkins – Get Life/Love’s Work

By Rachel Small in The Guide

"The 80-year-old artist has the archive to show for it. Where the art world is concerned, recognition of Leeson's achievements-proper acknowledgement of which would have significant implications on the predominant narratives shaping ...

Interview with Rachel Small

By Madeleine Seidel

"Ahead of her solo show 'Twisted' at The New Museum, the artist reflects on the lack of boundaries between our technology and ourselves."

Lynn Hershman Leeson Is The Original Cyborg Artist

In Arts Summary: A Visual Journal

"As the artist posited in 1998, ‘Imagine a world in which there is a blurring between the soul and the chip, a world in which artificially implanted DNA is genetically bred to create an enlightened and self-replicating ...

Lynn Hershman Leeson: Twisted at New Museum, June 30–October 3, 2021

By Nena Hawke in Blackbook Magazine

"She herself has always been a cultural prophet, of sorts... And a current exhibition at New York’s New Museum, provocatively titled Lynn Hershman Leeson: Twisted, helps to explicate to exactly what degree that is the case."

The New Museum’s ‘Lynn Hershman Leeson: Twisted’ Exalts the Prophet of Digital Art

By Jillian Steinhauer in The New York Times

“It’s a strong, smart survey that gives her overdue credit…an excellent introduction for newcomers and a dose of reliable inspiration for those familiar with her work but not deep enough once your tuned into her brilliance”

Lynn Hershman Leeson: The Artist Is Prescient

By Blake Gopnik in Blake Gopnik On Art

"From Rembrandt through to Warhol and Sherman, lots of artists have played with personas, but the sheer schizophrenia of Hershman Leeson’s version puts it in a class of its own."

At the New Museum, Lynn Hershman Leeson’s Alter Ego is Her Art

By Jennifer Kabat in Freize

"I first met Lynn Hershman Leeson at a restaurant in north beach, San Francisco, four years ago to the day as I write this. My mom was dying then; death rips a hole in time, cutting through the calendar. That afternoon, the sky was an ...

Double Dutch

By Eileen Myles in Aperture

"In a 1978 film called Lynn Turning into Roberta, the artist Lynn Hershman Leeson applies makeup to her face, sets a wig on her head, and gradually eases into the role of her fictitious persona and multiyear performance piece Roberta ...

Why Lynn Hershman Leeson Is Always Ahead of Her Time

By Jori Finkel in The New York Times

"For over 50 years, Lynn Hershman Leeson has anticipated and reflected the ways in which technology might change us."

When Bots and Antibodies Are Art Materials

By Canada Choate in ArtForum

"...and many more pioneering explorations in film, on paper, and in silicon of the always-overlapping zones of ego, technology, surveillance, and power. With every eternal return, Leeson and Breitmore remind us: 'Disappearance is a ...

Lynn Hershman Leeson: Twisted