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Biography
Simone Leigh's practice is an object-based on-going exploration of black female subjectivity. She creates sculpture, videos and installations informed by her interest in African art, ethnographic research, feminism and performance. Leigh received the 2013 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award. She is a Creative Capital Grantee (2012) and a recipient of the LMCC Michael Richards award (2012). Leigh has been awarded the 2011 Joan Mitchell Foundation grant for Sculpture; The artist-in-residence program at the Studio Museum in Harlem from 2010–11; The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace program, Bronx Museum’s Artist AIM program, the Art Matters research grant and the New York Foundation for The Arts Fellowship for Sculpture. Leigh was a facilitator of the 2012 International Art Programme at The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria and the 2014 Asiko School, Dakar, Senegal, organized by Bisi Silva. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include: The Free People’s Medical Clinic (2014) a project commissioned by Creative Time, and solo presentations at; The Fowler Musum at UCLA, The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and The Kitchen in New York, NY, and group exhibitions at Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, SculptureCenter, NY, Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna; L’Appartement22 in Rabbat, Morocco; the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh; and the AVA Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa. Her work has been featured in several publications including: Bomb Magazine, Modern Painters, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Small AxE and Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art and Artforum.


Solo and Two-person Exhibitions

2016
Psychic Friends Network with Simone Leigh
Tate Exchange, Tate Modern
London, UK

Hammer Projects: Simone Leigh
The Hammer Museum
Los Angeles, CA

The Waiting Room
New Museum
New York, NY

Simone Leigh: I ran to the rock to hide my face the rock cried out no hiding place
H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute
Kansas City, MO

2015
Moulting
Tilton Gallery
New York, NY

Crop Rotation
Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft
Louisville, KY

2014
Gone South
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
organized by Stuart Horodner
Atlanta, GA

Simone Leigh and Wolfgang Paalen
Gallery Wendi Norris
San Francisco, CA

2013
I Always Face You Even When It Seems Otherwise
Tiwani Contemporary
London, UK
organized by Bisi Silva
with catalog

2012
What's Her Face
Gavlak Gallery,
West Palm Beach, FL

You Don’t Know Where Her Mouth Has Been
curated by Rashida Bumbray
The Kitchen, New York, NY

jam packed and jelly tight

Tilton Gallery, New York, NY

2009
The Gods Must Be Crazy, for In Practice, SculptureCenter, Queens, NY

Queen Bee, G Fine Art Project Room, Washington, D.C.

2008
Scratching the Surface, Vol 1
L'appartement 22, Rabat, Morocco
organized by Gabi Ngcobo and Mwenya Kabwe

if you wan fo' lick old woman pot, you scratch him back (Jamaican proverb)
Rush Arts Gallery Project Space, New York, NY

2005
Momenta Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2016
Energy Charge: Connecting to Ana Mendieta, Arizona State University Art Museum, co-curated by Heather Sealy Lineberry and Julio Cesar Morales, Tempe, AZ
inHarlem: Simone Leigh, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Marcus Garvey Park, curated by Amanda Hunt, New York, NY
In the Power of your Care, The 8th Floor, New York, NY
The Grace Jones Project, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA
Unconventional Clay: Engaged in Change, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

2015
Greater New York, MoMa PS1
Ten Year Anniversary, Gavlak Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Collaborative Archives: Connective Histories, Leroy Neiman Gallery, curated by Katherine Cohn and Işın Önol

2014
As We Were Saying, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, organized by Claire Barliant, with catalog
The Shape of Things, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY
Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art, Walker Art Center organized by Valerie Cassel-Oliver, with catalog
Dak'art 2014: The 11th Biennial of Contemporary African Art organized by Elise Atangana, Abdelkader Damani and Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi
Black in the Abstract, Part 2: Hard Edges/Soft Curves, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, organized by Valerie Cassel Oliver

2013
Present Tense Future Perfect, Carol Jazzar Contemporary, Miami, FL, organized by Teka Selman
Double Fortune, Double Trouble: Art for Twins among the Yoruba
Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, organized by Marla Berns and Henry Drewal, curator
approximately infinite universe,
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA, organized by Jill Dawsey
Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art
Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, Houston, TX, Studio Museum in Harlem, NY, NY and The Walker Art Center, organized by Valerie Cassel Oliver, with catalog
FUN HOUSE
Richard Gray Gallery, New York, NY
March On!
Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, NY, organized by Dexter Wimberly

2012
Cleopatra's Family Jewels
Family Business, New York, NY
Pose/Re-Pose: Figurative Works Then and Now, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia, organized by Isolde Brielmaier and Melissa Messina
The Whitney Biennial 2012, as a part of Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran's BLEED, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Transforming Function, Building 110, Governor's Island, organized by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
Unevenness, The National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe, organized by Raphael Chikukwa
In the Making, Roberts and Tilton, Los Angeles, CA
Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art
Contemporary Art Museum in Houston, Houston, TX, The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY and The Walker Art Center, organized by Valerie Cassel Oliver, with catalog

2011
The Bearden Project, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Evidence of Accumulation, Artist-In-Residence program exhibition, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, organized by Naomi Beckwith
Weltraum / Space – Exploration and Exploitation, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria, organized by Catherine Hug 
The February Show, Ogilvy and Mather,  New York, NY organized by Jun Lee and Heather Hart

2010
Else, Jack Tilton Gallery, organized by Derrick Adams and Jack Tilton
Divine Horsemen, with Chitra Ganesh, Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, organized by Latoya Ruby Frazier
Digression, Hendershot Gallery, organized by Jessica Shaefer
Comedy and Tragedy, Marvelli Gallery, organized by David Hunt
Bunny Redux, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburg, PA, organized by Eric Shiner
Hair Tactics, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ, organized by Rocio Aranda,Alvarado
ves·sel, Brennan Gallery, Jersey City, NJ, organized by Kenya (Robinson)
The Brucennial, Recess Space, NY
 
2009
30 seconds off an inch, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, organized by Naomi Beckwith
Rockstone and Bootheel: Contemporary West Indian Art, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, organized by Kristina Newman-Scott and Yona Backer (with catalog)
Herd Thinner, Charest-Weinberg Gallery, Miami, FL
The Pleasure of Hating, Lisa Cooley Gallery, New York NY, organized by David Hunt
AIM 29, Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY, organized by Micaela Giovannotti (with catalog)
Locus, MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams, MA organized by Lauren Wolk
Pulse, Taller Boricua, New York NY, organized by Fernando Salicrup and Christine Licata

2008 
The Future As Disruption, The Kitchen, New York NY, organized by Rashida Bumbray and Matthew Lyons
Intransit, Moti Hasson Gallery, organized by Omar Lopez-Chadoud
The B-Sides, ALIRA a Center for Contemporary Art, organized by Edwin Ramoran
Archeologies of Wonder, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, organized by Kristina Newman-Scott
Ethnographies of the Future Remixed, Tides Foundation, New York, NY, organized by Sara Reisman
Scratching The Surface VOL 1, L’appartement22, Rabat, Morocco and AVA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa, organized by Gabi Ngcobo and Mwenya Kabwe
Ethnographies of the Future, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY organized by Sara Reisman

2007
Material Culture, Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos, Bronx, NY, organized by Juanita Lonzos
Red Badge of Courage, Newark Council for the Arts, Newark, NY, organized by Omar Lopez-Chahoud
Done by the Forces of Nature, City of College of New York, New York, NY organized by Roberto Visani
Visual Jury, Fine Art Work Center, Provincetown, MA
Defensive Mechanisms (part of INTERSECTIONS) Henry Street Settlement, Abrons Art Center,
New York, NY organized by Martin Dust

2006
Wild Girls, EXIT ART, organized by Jodi Hanel, Sarah Ryhanen, and Juana Gallo
Henry Street Settlement, Abrons Art Center, New York, NY
Brooklyn Divas, Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
Figures of Thinking: Convergences in Contemporary Cultures, organized by Vicky Clark and Sandhini Poddar, various venues including: The Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL; Richard E. Peeler Art Center, De Pauw University, Greencastle, IN; Western Gallery, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA; The Mc Dounough Museum of Art, Youngstown, OH; Tufts University Gallery, Medford MA; and the Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA, (with catalog)

2005
From the Studio: Wish You Were Here…”,Co-dependent: Artists, Artist/Curators, & Curators Select Artists @ The Living Room, Miami, FL, organized by Franklin Sirmans 
Remnants and Relics: Reinterpretations in African American Art, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Queens, NY, organized by Heng-Gil Han (with catalog)
Divine, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine and LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY, organized by Bruce W. Ferguson and Milena Honigsberg
James E Lewis Museum of Art, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD
Watershed Kiln Gods, Gallery 1448, Baltimore, MD (with catalog)

2004
Art Downtown: Connecting Collections, The Deutsche Bank, New York, NY
Steuben Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, MD  

2003
Skylight gallery, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Brooklyn, NY
The Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York, NY

2002
The Center for African American Art and NOEL Gallery, Charlotte, NC

2001 
Rush Arts Gallery, New York, NY, organized by Lea K. Green

2000
SMIRK, Women, Art and Humor, Firehouse Gallery, Hempstead, NY, organized by Debra Wacks
(with catalog)


Education
1990 BA in Art and Philosophy, Earlham College, Richmond IN


Awards/Residencies
2016
Anonymous Was A Woman Award: Scuplture

The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts

A Blade of Grass Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship

2013
Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award

Asiko Art School, Dakar, Senegal

2012
Creative Capital Grantee

The International Art Programme, Center For Contemporary Art Lagos, Nigeria

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Michael Richards award for Visual Arts (formerly the President's Award)

2011
Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors

The Worth Residency in Bovina, NY

2010-2011
The Studio Museum in Harlem Artist-in-Residence Program

2009
New York Foundation of the Arts fellowship in Sculpture

Art Matters Foundation Grant

Bronx Museum AIM program

2008-09
Artist in Residence, Hunter College

2007-08
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace grant

Visiting Artist,School of Visual Arts Computer Art MFA program

2007
Astraea Foundation Visual Arts grant

2006
Artist In Residence, Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY

2005
Wheeler Foundation grant

2004
Artist in Residence, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, NY

2001
Kiln God fellowship, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Watershed, ME

2000
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME


Selected Bibliography
"Simone Leigh", Modern Painters, Risa Puleo, Vol. 28, no.6. June/July 201

"Going Underground: An Interview with Simone Leigh", Art in America, by Rizvana Bradley, August 20, 2015

Simone Leigh, Apogee Journal Issue 05, 2015

"Exhibition | Simone Leigh: Haunting Race and Gender at Jack Tilton, New York", CFile, by Garth Clark, May 6, 2015

"Distinct Prisms in an Ever-Shifting Kaleidoscope", The New York Times, by William Grimes, April 16, 2015

"10 Galleries to Visit on the Upper East Side", The New York Times, by Holland Cotter, April 16, 2015

"Moulting", The Believer, by Jane Ursula Harris, March 31, 2015

"Simone Leigh", ARTFORUM, by Simone Leigh, March 2, 2015

"African, personal history infuses artist's work", The Courier Journal, by Elizabeth Kramer, February 20, 2015

"Best of 2014", ARTFORUM, by Simone Leigh, December 2014

Review of "Simone Leigh: Atlanta Contemporary Art Center", Sculpture, by Rebecca Dimling Cochran, December 2014

"Time-Traveling to a Corner of Brooklyn's Past", The New York Times, by Holland Cotter, October 8, 2014

Review of “As We Were Saying: Art and Identity in the Age of ‘Post’” exhibition, EFA Project Space, ARTFORUM, by William J. Simmons, Fall 2014

"Funk, Medicine, and Questions of the Future", HYPERALLERGIC, by Chloë Bass, October 6, 2014

"How Many Black Histories We Still Don’t Know: An Interview With Simone Leigh", The Feminist Wire, by Joe Osmundson, October 3, 2014

"Black Radical Brooklyn: A New Art Exhibition Unearths Bed-Stuy's Self-Determined History", FADER Magazine, by Marjon Carlos, September 25, 2014

"Black Radical Weeksville", Urban Omnibus, by Jonathan Tarleton, September 24th, 2014

"A Review Dak'art 2014", Africa Is A Country, June 20, 2014

"Creative Representation", ARTFORUM, by Cathryn Drake, June 4, 2014

ÀSÌKÒ IN DAKAR, A History—and a Future—for Alternative Arts Education in Africa, ART PAPERS, Amanda H. Hellman, MAY/JUNE 2014

Simone Leigh, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, ARTFORUM, by Victoria Chamblin, May 2014

"Simone Leigh’s Metaphors of Interiority at the ACAC", BURNAWAY, by Tom Berlangero, April 30, 2014

"Review: Simone Leigh’s exploration of Southern blackness at ACAC is elegant and Zen-like", Arts Atlanta, by Harriette Grissom, April 25, 2014

“Simone Leigh” by Malik Gaines, Artists on Artists, Bomb Magazine, Spring 2014

“Present Tense Future Perfect”, by Martha Raoli, The Miami Rail, Spring 2014

“Simone Leigh uses sculpture, video to race, gender issues, by Kimberly Chun, San Francisco Chronicle, 2/6/2014

“Approximately Infinite Universe”, Elizabeth A. Watson, International Review of African American Art, 2/2014

“Simone Leigh: Quiet As Its Kept” by Kalia Brooks, ARC Magazine, Issue 08, November 2013

'Radical Presence' Surveys Black Performance Artists From the 1960d to Today” by Katherine Brooks, Huffington Post, 10/09/13

“It’s All About The Cow” by Catherine, McKinley, Virginia Quarterly Review, Fall 2013

“Visiting Artist Profile: Simone Leigh” by Matthew Harrison Tedford, Art Practical, April 21, 2013,

“Everyone Wants To Be Subaltern” by Simone Leigh, Brooklyn Rail, Martha Schwendener, guest editor, February 2013,

"Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art", Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Artforum, December 2012, Sally Frater

"Chitra Ganesh, Simone Leigh", Tilton gallery, Modern Painters, September 2012, Nova Benway

"Simone Leigh", Goings On About Town: Art, The New Yorker, Februray 27th, 2012

"The Surrealist Art of Simone Leigh", EBONY Magazine, March 5, 2012, Una-Kariim A. Cross

"Simone Leigh: Mouthing Off", artnet, Elisabeth Kley, January 27, 2012

"Simone Leigh and the Fruits of Her Labor", Art21, Nicole Caruth, January 20, 2012

"You Don't Know Where Her Mouth Has Been", TimeOut, February 23-March 7, 2012

"You Don't Know Where Her Mouth Has Been", Highsnobette, Diane McClure, February 1, 2012

"The Whitney Biennial Catalog", Whitney Museum of American Art, 2012

"A Griot for A Global Village", The New York Times, Holland Cotter, December 8,2011

"Evidence of Accumulation", Goings On About Town: Art, The New Yorker, September 12, 2011

"Uptown, Turning Over a New Motif", The Wall Street Journal, July 12, 2011, by Pia Catton

"Else", Art in Review, The New York Times, Holland Cotter, September 24, 2010

Studio Visit, STUDIO Magazine: The Studio Museum of Harlem, Uri McMillan, Fall 2009

"Introducing Simone Leigh", Modern Painters, Quinn Latimer, November 2008

Art Review, “Collective Strangeness in Hartford” The New York Times, Benjamin Gennochio, December 21, 2008

Art in Review, “The Future As Disruption”, The New York Times, Karen Roxenberg, August 1, 2008

“The Future As Disruption”, critic’s picks, ARTFORUM.com, Colby Chamberlain, July, 2008

“New York Summer Shows: Artinfo.com, Claire Barliant, July 2008

“Futures Exchange”, Rhizome, Ed Halter, July 7, 2008

SUPERNATURE, Small Axe, A Journal of Carribean Cultural Criticism, Issue 28, February, 2008

The Artist’s Kitchen, Recycled and Curated, The New York Times, Penelope Green, June 14, 2007

SIMONE LEIGH, REBEL SOUL, TRACE Magazine, Issue #66, Yolanda Sangweni, October 2006

The Thinkers, ANGLE, A Journal of Arts and Culture, Douglas Max Utter, Issue 29, 2006

Wild Girls, Flavorpill, issue 327, September 12, 2006

Women Gone Wild, The Next Generation of Provocative Female Artists, New York Blade, Rafael Risemberg, July 31, 2006

They Called Her Hottentot: The Art, Science and Fiction of Sarah Baartman, anthology edited by Deborah Willis-Kennedy and Carla Williams, February 2006

“Goings On About Town: Art,” The New Yorker, January 17, 2005

“Dateline Brooklyn” ARTnet Magazine, Stephen Maine, 2005

“In the Realm of the senses: Lisa DiLillo and Simone Leigh,” Flavorpill, issue 241, January 6, 2005

“Brooklyn Artist Who Prefers To Show Others’ Work” The New York Times, Penelope Green, February, 8, 2004

“Freedom of Exclusion: The Rise of the Female Spirit in Contemporary Art” L.P Streifeld, NYArts Magazine, December 2001

“Some Laughing Matters, Women’s Art exhibit: More than funny, girl” Steve Parks, Newsday, March 2001

“Bawdy Burlesque, Raucous Ribaldry”, NYArts Magazine, Deborah Frizzell, April 2001


Lectures/Symposia/Screenings
2016
"Girl (Chitra Ganesh & Simone Leigh): After Hell", Ryan Lee Gallery, New York, NY
Pizzuti Collection, Artist Talk, Columbus, OH

2015
Parson's Fine Arts Visiting Artist Lecture Series, The New School, New York, NY
The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts and 92Y Virtual Clay Lecture Series, "Black Women as Material Culture", New York, NY

2014
Public Lecture: San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco
Artist Talk: Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA

2013
Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Columbia University, New York NY
Performa Institue "GET READY FOR THE MARVELOUS: BLACK SURREALISM IN DAKAR, FORT-DE-FRANCE, HAVANA, JOHANNESBURG, NEW YORK CITY, PARIS, PORT-AU-PRINCE, 1932-2013" Conference
NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development organized by Adrienne Edwards

2012
Ancient to Future: Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts and Simone Leigh, a conversation with Claire Barliant, LIVE at the NYPL, New York Public Library

Radical Freedom: Feminist Collaborations and Hybrid Aesthetics, Simone Leigh and Chitra Ganesh, Center for The Humanities, CUNY Graduate Center

BREAKDOWN, artist talk and video screening, with Liz Magic Laser, Brooklyn Museum

Rhode Island School of Design, Visting Artist Lecture, Providence, RI

New York University, Visiting Artist Lecture, New York, NY

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

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

Parsons School of the Arts, Visiting Artist Lecture organized by Coco Fusco

2010
Rutger's University, Visiting Artist Lecture, Rutgers, New Jersey

2007
Fine Art Work Center, Visiting Artist Lecture, Provincetown, Mass

Mining History, Contemporary Art, The African American Museum in Philadelphia and the Tyler School of Art, moderated by Sophie Sanders

2005
Unparalleled salon, with Carrie Yamaoka, curated by Martha Southgate,
Stacey D’Erasmo and Bliss Broyard,

2001
Symposium for the creation of the David Driskell Center on Africa and The Americas, panel on the Art of the African Diaspora, University of Maryland, College Park, moderated by Carla Peterson

Women’s Caucus for Art Conference, Chicago, Il, “Body Language: Image and Art”, moderated
by Marianne Woods

2000
“Slave Markets, Lynched Bodies and Hottentot Vessels: The Black Female Body in 19th. and 20th Century Art”, Feminist Art and Art History

Conference, Barnard College, New York, NY, moderated by Adrienne Childs