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SOLO EXHIBITION
Psychic Friends Network with Simone Leigh
Tate Exchange, Tate Modern
London, UK
November 22nd - 26th, 2016.

REVIEW: Daily Serving reviews 'Hammer Projects: Simone Leigh' at the Hammer Museum.

Colony Little for Daily Serving Shotgun Reviews 'Hammer Projects: Simone Leigh' at the Hammer Museum.

What To See in New York Art Galleries This Week
Martha Schwendener, 9/22/16
The New York Times

Contemporary Art Daily features 'The Waiting Room' at New Museum.

Antwaun Sargent reviews the Studio Museum in Harlem’s public art exhibition inHarlem, featuring Simone Leigh in The Creators Project.

Blouin Artinfo features 'Hammer Projects: Simone Leigh' at the Hammer Museum.

FEATURE: Tamara Best at The New York Times writes ‘At New Museum, a Pop-Up Support System for Black Lives Matter’.

READ: Priscilla Frank for The Huffington Post ’An Underground Collective Of Black Women Artists Are Fighting Racism In Healthcare’ on Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter at New Museum.

REVIEW: The Architectural Digest reviews Simone Leigh’s work for the Studio Museum’s inHarlem project: A particularly elaborate imba yokubikira, or kitchen house, stands locked up while its owners live in diaspora. Text by Stephanie Strasnick.

REVIEW: Jennifer Smith writes about Simone Leigh’s inHarlem sculpture in The Wall Street Journal.

REVIEW: Stephanie Buhmann at The Villager reviews 'Simone Leigh: The Waiting Room'.

REVIEW: Read The Huffington Post's review of 'The Waiting Room' by Priscilla Frank.

REVIEW: William J. Simmons at Interview Magazine reviews 'Simone Leigh: The Waiting Room'.

REVIEW: Read BOMB Magazine’s review of 'The Waiting Room' by Terence Trouillot.

The Village Voice on Simone Leigh’s exhibition The Waiting Room at the New Museum.

FEATURE: The Guardian on Simone Leigh and her exhibition The Waiting Room at the New Museum.

REVIEW: Andy Battaglia for The Wall Street Journal reviews Simone Leigh's solo presentation 'The Waiting Room' at New York's New Museum.

PUBLIC COMMISSION: The New York Times announces the Studio Museum in Harlem's new commission by Simone Leigh, a sculptural work for public space in the Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem.

SOLO EXHIBITION
Simone Leigh: The Waiting Room
New Museum
New York, NY
June 22nd - September 18th, 2016.

AWARD: Simone is the recipient of the 2016 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, Visual Arts

AWARD: Simone has been awarded the A Blade of Grass 2016 Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art

AWARD: Simone is a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow 2016

IN THE POWER OF YOUR CARE
The 8th Floor
New York, NY
April 19th - August 12th 2016.

What Not to Miss at the Art Show at the Armory
Martha Schwendener, 3/3/16
The New York Times

Ten Year Anniversary
Gavlak Gallery. November 6 - December 23, 2015.

Art Basel Miami Film program

PS1 - Greater New York, on view October 11th 2015 - March 7th 2016

Check out Going Underground: An Interview with Simone Leigh by Rizvana Bradley, featured in Art in America magazine.

Simone is a participant in THE 2015 CREATIVE TIME SUMMIT: THE CURRICULUM AT LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA Over the course of three days in August 2015, the 7th Creative Time Summit, devoted to expanded notions of “curriculum,” will take place within Okwui Enwezor’s exhibition for la Biennale di Venezia, All the World’s Futures. Since 2009, the annual Creative Time Summit has operated as a convening, a discussion, and a platform for the intersection of art and politics. La Biennale offers a unique opportunity to gather an international, interdisciplinary community to consider how knowledge is produced and how it comes into contact with civil society. In its original Latin, curriculum signified a course, like the path that one ran around or traversed in a racing chariot. When the term began appearing in seventeenth century Scottish universities, it was used figuratively to mean “a course of study.” Eventually, it signaled that which prepares a person for working, thinking, and participating as a fully developed member of society. When understood as a network of lived experiences, learned actions, and known facts, curriculum speaks of all that this Summit hopes to address.

Simone's work is written about and featured on the cover of the upcoming book: Embodied Avatars: Geneaologies of Black Feminist Art and Performance by Uri McMillan, NYU Press

BEST IN SHOW: Highlights at Art Basel
Andrew Russeth, 6/16/15
ARTnews

ART BASEL SWITZERLAND
Art | 46 | Basel
Sakshi Gupta, Simone Leigh, Brenna Youngblood
June 18th - June 21st, 2015
Hall 2.1, Booth T9

RADICAL PRESENCE: BLACK PERFORMANCE IN CONTEMPORARY ART
YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
JUNE 13TH - OCTOBER 11TH
organized by Valerie Cassel-Oliver

a curious blindness
MIRIAM AND IRA D. WALLACH ART GALLERY
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
April 22 - June 13, 2015
organized by Vivian Chui, Tara Kuruvilla, and Doris Zhao.

SOLO EXHIBITION
Moulting
Tilton Gallery
March 3rd - April 25th, 2015.
Opening Reception March 2nd, 6-8 pm.

Crop Rotation
Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft. Al Shands and Bill and Lindy Street Galleries, Second Floor. February 6 - April 5, 2015. Curated by Joey Yates.

Wave & Particle
A Group Exhibition to Celebrate Creative Capital's 15th Anniversary at Ronald Feldman Gallery. February 14-March 21, 2015.

Same Difference
Michelle Grabner, Simone Leigh & Russell Maltz at The Art Museum at the University of Kentucky. Saturday, January 24, 2015 - Sunday, April 12, 2015.

CAPE TOWN ART FAIR
Virginia Chihota, Mary Evans, and Simone Leigh for Tiwani Gallery. Thursday 26 February - Sunday 1 March 2015. The Avenue, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa.

SYMPOSIUM: CUT/throat Creativity: Structuring The New with Rashida Bumbray, Doug A. Jones, Lauren Wittels and Simone Leigh. Brown University, November 24th, 2014 organized by Radiclani Clytus and The New Group.

The Free People's Medical Clinic, commissioned by Creative Time, part of FunkJazzGodMedicine: Black Radical Brooklyn, September 20th - October 12th, 2014, Rashida Bumbray and Nato Thompson curators

Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, Walker Art Center, Valerie Cassell Oliver, senior curator, Contemporary Art Museum Houston (CAMH)

EXHIBITION: The Shape of Things, with artists: Vibha Galhotra, Eva Hesse, Hayv Kahraman, Simone Leigh, Susan Rothenberg, Nancy Spero, Susana Solano, Leslie Wayne and Carrie Mae Weems, JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY, June 5th thorugh July 25th

Simone received the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award 2013

REVIEW: Simone Leigh, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, ARTFORUM, May 2014, by Victoria Camblin

Simone was a facilitator in CCA Lagos' Asiko School, Dakar, Senegal, May 18th - 24th, ASIKO IN DAKAR, A History--And a Future, for Alternative Arts Education in Africa, ART PAPERS, Amanda H Hellman, May/June 2014

REVIEW: Simone Leigh Metaphor's of Interiority at ACAC, BURNAWAY, April 30th, 2014, by Tom Berlangero

Dak'art 2014: The 11th Biennial of Contemporary African Art organized by Elise Atangana, Abdelkader Damani and Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi

EXHIBITION:but that joke isn't funny anymore..., May 1 - June 7th, Tilton Gallery, organized by Ryan McKenna

EXHIBITION:BLACK EYE, organized by Nicola Vassell

Solo Exhibition: Gone South, ATLANTA CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER, April 4 - May 31st, organized by Stuart Horodner

REVIEW: "Present Tense Future Perfect" MIAMI RAIL, by Matha Raoli, Spring 2014

THE ARMORY SHOW, Tilton Gallery, Booth 753, March 6-9th, 2014

INTERVIEW: "Simone Leigh uses sculpture, video to race, gender issues" SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, FEB 5TH, 2014 BY Kimberly Chun

EXHIBITION: CODE SWITCH, GALLERY WENDI NORRIS, Opens February 7th, 2014

Black in the Abstract, Part 2: Hard Edges/Soft Curves
CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM HOUSTON
January 25, 2013 - March 23, 2014
organized by Valerie Cassel Oliver

ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH
TILTON GALLERY and GAVLAK GALLERY
December 4th - 8th

Present Tense Future Perfect
Carol Jazzar Contemporary
Miami, FL
organized by Teka Selman
December 4th - January 29th

Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art
The Studio Museum in Harlem
New York, NY
organized by Valerie Cassel Oliver
Nov 14, 2013 - Mar 9, 2014
with catalog

REVIEW: Simone Leigh: As Quiet As Its Kept, ARC Magazine, Issue No. 8, November, 2013, by Kalia Brooks

PUBLIC LECTURE: Visiting Artist Lecture Series at Columbia University, November 12, 2013, 8:30 pm

REVIEW: "I Always Face You When It Seems Otherwise" Think Africa Press, by James Bullock, Dec 6, 2013

REVIEW: 10 Black performance artists you should know, Huffington Post, October 9. 2013, by Katherine Brooks

I Always Face You Even When It Seems Otherwise
TIWANI CONTEMPORARY
London, UK
October 11, 2013 - December 14, 2013
Bisi Silva curator
with catalog

INSTALLATION: DOUBLE FORTUNE, DOUBLE TROUBLE: Art for twins among the Yoruba
FOWLER MUSEUM AT UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Henry Drewal curator
October 13, 2013 - March 14, 2014

PREVIEW:
UCLA's Fowler Museum Turns Fifty in Worldly Fashion, September 28th,
Los Angeles Times by Suzanne Muchnic

ART FAIR: EXPO CHICAGO
Richard Gray Gallery
September 18 - 21, 2013

ESSAY: "It's All About The Cow: Namibian Women and the Politics of Haute Fashion"
Virginia Quarterly Review
by Catherine McKinley and Thabiso Sekgala

EXHIBITION: Approximately Infinite Universe
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego - La Jolla
June 8th-September 1st 2013
700 Prospect Street
La Jolla, CA

REVIEW: Approximately Infinite Universe The International Review of African American Art, Elizabeth A. Watson, August 2013

REVIEW:
OUTER SPACES
Profile: Simone Leigh

for ART PRACTICAL
Matthew Harrison Tedford

Visiting Artist Lecture: California College of the Arts
May 1rst, 2013

Brave New Land
Third Streaming
10 Greene Street, second floor
New York, NY
April 24th, 6:30 pm

From the Desert to the City: Ballroom Marfa Celebrates 10 Years

FUN HOUSE
EXHIBITION AT RICHARD GRAY GALLERY
1018 Madison Avenue, 4th floor, New York, NY, March 3rd - April 13th

ART FAIR
ARTS OBSERVER
FOCUS ARMORY 2013
FOCUS: USA
The Armory Show
Gavlak Gallery - Best Booth at the Armory
March 7th-10, 2013
NY, NY

Everyone Wants to Be Subaltern, a contribution to ARTSEEN, edited by Martha Schwendener, Brooklyn Rail, February 2013

BREAKDOWN, digital video, featured in Performa Magazine

CONFERENCE
PERFORMA INSTITUTE PRESENTS: GET READY FOR THE MARVELOUS: BLACK SURREALISM IN DAKAR, FORT-DE-FRANCE, HAVANA, JOHANNESBURG, NEW YORK CITY, PARIS, PORT-AU-PRINCE, 1932-2013
organized by Adrienne Edwards

Solo Exhibition
What's Her Face
GAVLAK GALLERY

December 19, 2012 - January 17, 2013
249B Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, FL 33480

ARTFORUM Critic's Pick
“Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art”
CONTEMPORARY ARTS MUSEUM HOUSTON, December 26, 2012
Sally Frater

MARCH ON!
at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music)
Peter Jay Sharp Building
30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
January 19th - February 28th, 2013
organized by Dexter Wimberley

ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH
TILTON GALLERY
New York, NY
December 6-9, 2012

Cleopatra's presents FAMILY JEWELS
FAMILY BUSINESS GALLERY
New York, NY
opening November 9th at 6pm- Dec 1rst
520 west 21 street, New York, NY 10011

THE MEETING
Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade


Sunday Sessions at MoMA PS1
October 21, 4-6pm
22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City

Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art
CONTEMPORARY ARTS MUSEUM HOUSTON
organized by Valerie Cassel Oliver
November 17, 2012 - February 15, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, November 16, 2012, 7-9pm
organized by Senior Curator Valerie Cassel Oliver.

Visiting Artist Lecture: New York University, October 18th, 5:30pm, Einstein Auditorium, Barney Building, 34 Stuyvesant Street

Visiting Artist Lecture: Rhode Island School of Design, Tuesday, October 23, 6:30-8:00pm, College Building, 228 2 College Street

ART FAIR: BALLROOM MARFA
TEXAS CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR (October 18-21, 2012)

Pose/Re-pose
Figurative Works Then and Now

SCAD Museum of Art
organized by Isolde Brielmaier and Melissa Messina
July 23 - Nov. 18, 2012

ART FAIR: TILTON Gallery
EXPO CHICAGO 2012 (September 20 - September 23, 2012)

BALLROOM MARFA 2012 Benefit Weekend

International Art Programme, CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART (CCA) Lagos, Nigeria, History/Matter (2012)

BREAKDOWN, the video created with Liz Magic Laser in collaboration with Alicia Hall Moran will be shown during THE WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART/ THE 2012 WHITNEY BIENNIAL - BLEED: 5 days of MUSIC May 9-13, 2012
LIVE from the NYPL
ANCIENT TO FUTURE : Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts and Simone Leigh, a conversation with Claire Barliant on March 6th, 2012
 
Artist Talk and Video Screening: Simone Leigh and Liz Magic Laser, BROOKLYN MUSEUM on March 25th, 2pm, 2012

Brooklyn Museum Artists Ball
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.

View Simone's submission to The Bearden Project
at The Studio Museum in Harlem

The New York Times Review of the Bearden Project (Holland Cotter)

Kessler conversations: In Memory of Monique Wittig, Simone Leigh and Chitra Ganesh, CLAGS, November 28, 2011, moderated by Dean Daderko, CUNY Graduate Center

Panel: Caribbean Cultural Production,
The Caribbean Epistemologies Symposium, March 29, 2011, Center for the Humanities,
CUNY Graduate Center

Visiting Artist Lecture: (AMT) Parsons School of Art and Design, March 9th, 2011, organized by Coco Fusco

SOLO EXHIBITION

jam packed and jelly tight
TILTON GALLERY
May 4th - July 13th, 2012

Simone Leigh engages in an object-based, sculptural exploration of female African American subjectivity, informed by both ancient African and African American object-making. Her work is at once highly abstracted and grounded in timeless recognizable objects, such as the pottery jar or cowrie shell. Using pre-historical ceramic techniques, Leigh challenges the boundaries between art and craft, between past and present. Her ceramic objects, often juxtaposed with emblems of modern technology (such as the television antenna), simultaneously evoke archaic and futuristic forms. Past, future and present are compressed into a single “Afrofuturistic” artwork.

Leigh’s sophisticated contemporary sensibility turns her own evocation of the past on its head. She not only challenges our current prevalent attitudes towards ceramics as a decorative art, but subverts it entirely by pushing her images to the conceptual edge of contemporary abstraction.

A deep interest in the anonymity of women’s piece-work has evolved into an obsessive repetition of form, whether in the hand-crafted roses, made petal by petal, that crown both sculpted heads and abstract shapes, or in the glazed and fired cowrie shells made from watermelon molds that join in over-sized hanging chandelier-like sculptures and evoke both ancient artifacts and open-ended metaphors for the female body. Leigh has seemingly assimilated all of the female history of object-making into her own art-making process. Her installations convey a sense of timeless drama, while revealing the intensity of her own subjective struggles.

Simone Leigh recently completed a one-person exhibition at The Kitchen, New York, curated by Rashida Bumbray, and has shown her work at the Sculpture Center, Queens, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York and the Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna among many other venues. She has been an Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem as well as at Hunter College and the Henry Street Settlement. In 2011 Leigh was the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Sculptors and in 2012 received the Creative Capital Grant for Visual Arts. She was the recipient of the first annual LMCC Michael Richards Award for Visual Arts 2012. Leigh lives and works in Brooklyn.

The Tilton Gallery welcomes all to attend the opening reception of Jam Packed and Jelly Tight on Friday May 4th from 6-8pm. Tilton Gallery is located 8 East 76 Street, New York, NY. 10021, contact t: P:212.737.2221