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Since the late 60s, conceptual artist Lynn Hershman Leeson has constantly been pushing the boundaries in art and continuously explored new territories. She already very early on worked on issues that later were regarded as key issues in contemporary art: Questions of identity and construction of identity, relationship between real and virtual world, relationship between human beings and machines, surveillance of the individual, gender questions.

Lynn Hershman Leeson has been an innovator in the use of various media and discovered numerous media for her work and is acknowledged as a pioneer in New Media. Hershman Leeson has been awarded the ZKM Siemens Media Art Prize in 1995 and the d.velop digital art award (ddaa) for her lifetime achievement in Digital Art in 2010. In addition, the ZKM in Karlsruhe featured a major Hershman Leeson-Retrospective in December 2014, which travelled to Harald Falckenberg Collection/Deichtorhallen in Hamburg and the Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg.

Lynn Hershman Leeson is further a filmmaker and created four feature films, all of them having been shown at international film festivals as Berlinale, Sundance etc. In three of them, Tilda Swinton played the main role. In 2010, Lynn Hershman Leeson finished "!Women Art Revolution", a documentary film she has been working on for several decades. "!Women Art Revolution" documents the emancipation of women in the art world in the United States. The film has been broadly screened in major art institutions in Europe and the US.

Hershman Leeson's work is, amongst others, in the collections of the MoMA in New York, the Tate Modern in London, the ZKM in Karlsruhe, the Donald Hess Collection, the LACMA in Los Angeles, the National Gallery of Canada, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Berkeley Art Museum.

Lynn Hershman Leeson was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1941, she lives and works in San Francisco and New York


B.S. Case Western Reserve University
M.A. San Francisco State University

Solo Shows


Trans Genesis: Evaporations and Mutations, Vilma Gold, London

Liquid Identities, Museum Lehmbruck, Duisburg


Civic Radar, Retrospective at Harald Falckenberg Collection/Deichtorhallen Hamburg

Origins of the Species (Part 2), Modern Oxford

Origins of the Species, Bridget Donahue Gallery, New York


Civic Radar, Retrospective at ZKM, Karlsruhe


Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco


Kunsthalle Bremen

MOCAK in Krakow


Galerie Waldburger, Brussels
Paule Anglim Gallery, San Francisco


The Complete Roberta Breitmore, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester


The Floating Museum Archive, New Langton Arts, San Francisco
Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco
Found Objects, bitforms gallery, New York
Lynn Hershman Leeson: No Body Special, DeYoung Museum, San Francisco
CyberActive: The Work of Lynn Hershman Leeson, The Hess Collection, San Francisco


Autonomous Agents, Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester


bitforms gallery, Seoul


Hershmalandia, Retrospective, Henry Art Museum, Seattle
1974-2004, Selected Works, bitforms gallery, New York
Lynn Hershman, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco


Lynn Hershman: Reactive Sculpture and Prints. bitforms, New York


Lynn Hershman - New Work, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco


Lynn Hershman: Media and Identity. Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California, Riverside
Masquerades, University of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville


Feminale Film Festival, Cologne, Featured a tribute to Hershman and a retrospective of her films and videos


Tribute and Retrospective, The Kitchen, New York


Lynn Hershman: Captured Bodies of Resistance, Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
Lynn Hershman: Captured Bodies of Resistance, Leon Wyczolkowski Regional Museum, Bydgosz, Poland
Treasures & Visions, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz
Lynn Hershman: Neue Photos und Videoskulpturen, Lutz Teutloff Galerie, Cologne


Virtually Yours: Retrospective of Lynn Hershman, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
America’s Finest, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco
Paranoid Mirror, Seattle Art Museum. Seattle


Lynn Hershman, Richard L. Nelson Gallery and The Fine Arts Collection, University of California Davis
Electronic Diary, Artists Space, New York
Room of Ones Own, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati


The Electronic I, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle


Lynn Hershman, Centre International de Création Vidéo, Montbéliard-Belfort


Lynn Hershman Retrospective, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
Deep Contact, International Center of Photography, New York
Deep Contact: Video Lynn Hershman, Video Galleriet Huset, Copenhagen
Video Viewpoints: Lynn Hershman, Museum of Modern Art, New York


Lynn Hershman: Photographs Never Lie. Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco


Lynn Hershman: Hero Sandwiches,The Alternative Museum, New York
Lynn Hershman: An Installation of Lorna/The First Interactive Laser Artdisk, Fuller Goldeen Gallery, San Francisco


An Environmental Light Opera for Fog, Film, and Recombinant News, Chain Reaction, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York


Non-Credited Americans, Wanamaker’s, Philadelphia
Hero Sandwiches, Annina Nosei Gallery, New York


One Story Building, Portland Center for the Visual Arts, Portland
Lynn Hershman, Musée d’Art Moderne, Nice


Two Stories Building, San Francisco Academy of Art, San Francisco


Lynn Hershman Is Not Roberta Breitmore, Roberta Breitmore Is Not Lynn Hershman, M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco
Lynn Hershman’s New Works, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco


Dream Weekend, Melbourne, Australia


25 Windows: A Portrait of Bonwit Teller, Bonwit Teller, New York
Selected Past Projects,The Clocktower, Institute for Art and Urban Resources, New York


Lady Luck: A Double Portrait of Las Vegas, Circus Circus, Las Vegas
Reforming Familiar Environments, Home of Eleanor and Francis Ford Coppola, San Francisco
Lynn Hershman, Stefanotty Gallery, New York


Forming a Sculpture Drama in Manhattan, Hotel Chelsea, Central YWCA, and The Plaza, New York


The Dante Hotel, Dante Hotel, San Francisco


Lynn Hershman: Completed Fragments, Berkeley Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley


Adventure of a Line: Drawing Experiences by Lynn Lester Hershman, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara


Lynn Lester Hershman, Feingarten Galleries, Los Angeles

Group Shows

Lynn Hershman Leeson's work has been shown in hundreds of group shows, amongst others at the MoMA New York, Whitney Museum New York, New Museum New York, P.S.1 New York, MoMA San Francisco, LACMA Los Angeles, ZKM Karlsruhe, Tate Modern in London, Whitechapel Gallery London, K20 Duesseldorf etc.

Films by Lynn Hershman Leeson


!Women Art Revolution, A (Formerly) Secret History


Strange Culture




Conceiving Ada

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