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 Natalia Rachlin in WSJ Magazine

"As The Shed’s first guest curator, the writer and critic Nora N. Khan is the driving force behind Manual Override, a group exhibition opening in the fall that highlights the work of artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson."

Shedding a Light

Published in MoMA Movie Guide

"Lynn Hershman Leeson filmed her subjects over 40 years, overlaying her footage with political events such as the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement, the Black Panthers, women’s liberation, and the free speech movement. The film ...

Staff Picks: MoMA Movie Guide

By Loney Abrams in Artspace

"Lynn Hershman Leeson was incredibly ahead of her time. Well before the Cyberfeminist Movement—and well before the internet, for that matter—Leesson was the first artist to make an interactive artwork using Videodisc (a precursor to ...

The Other Art History: The Forgotten Cyberfeminists of ’90s Net Art

By Francesca Gavin

Lynn Hershman Leeson’s exhibition “First Person Plural” at KW Berlin comes in at #4 on writer, editor, and curator, Frencesca Gavin’s annual top ten list of exhibitions for the year.

Best in Show 2018

By Kevin Killian in Art in America

"More recently Schmuckli commissioned San Francisco’s own Lynn Hershman Leeson to create a Vertigo-based installation, titled VertiGhost, in which Kim Novak stand-ins enter the gallery to pay homage to Portrait of Carlotta ...

Rebels in the Palace

By Olivia Aherne in Orlando

"I think it has been a progressive development, from responding to the outside of the body, looking at the superficial shifts of appearance, to considering the internal direct workings of the body. From the make-up chart of Roberta, ...


By Connor Goodwin in Blouin Art Info

"Much of the early work in the show, like the technology itself, simply did not age well. In the ’70s it may have been a marvel to generate a drawing using computer code, but that sense of awe has long dried up. One notable ...

At the Whitney, Taking Aim at the Digital Age

By Jessica Holmes in The Brooklyn Rail

"Ramos-Chapman has said in interviews that the piece is a response to her own rape, and in this sense, Lynn Hershman Leeson’s video Electronic Diary Part III: First Person Plural (1988) might be called its spiritual companion."

The Un-Heroic Act: Representations of Rape in Contemporary Women’s Art in the U.S.

By Chen Lu in The Art Newspaper China

Follow the link to download a PDF of the full article in Mandarin.

Feature on Lynn Hershman Leeson

By Farah Nayeri in The New York Times

"The two-part show is staged in the spacious main gallery and in a new multistory building across the street, a former Victorian fire station. Perched on the main gallery’s ceiling beams are a group of stuffed pigeons by ...

A Show About Humor That’s as Funny (Weird) as It Is Funny (Ha Ha)

By Isobel Harbison in Art Monthly

"In the mid 1980s, computers were just coming into private homes and the ELectronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights group, was alerting people to the government’s increased access to personal information and probable ...

Becoming Roberta

By Casey Lesser in Artsy

"'Without time, I cannot make anything,' said Lynn Hershman Leeson, who, for decades, has been pioneering new media art to tap into the relationship between humans and technology..."

22 Artists on the Materials That Inspire and Drive Their Work