Simone Leigh

b. 1968, Chicago, IL
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY


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


2014   Simone Leigh, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, organized by Stuart Horodner
           Atlanta, GA
          Simone Leigh and Wolfgang Paalen,
Gallery Wendi Norris,
San Francisco, CA

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

  What's Her Face,
Gavlak Gallery,
West Palm Beach, FL
           You Don’t Know Where Her Mouth Has Been, curated by Rashida Bumbray
           Kitchen, New York, NY

jam packed and jelly tight
Tilton Gallery, New York, NY

  The Gods Must Be Crazy, for In Practice, SculptureCenter, Queens, NY
           Queen Bee, G Fine Art Project Room, Washington, D.C.

  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),
           Arts Gallery Project Space, New York, NY

  Momenta Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY


  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

  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
           approximately infinite universe, 
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla,                                
           CA, organized by Jill Dawsey
           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

  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 Alica 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

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 wein, Vienna, Austria,
           organized by Catherine Hug 

           The February Show, Ogilvy and Mather,  New York, NY organized by Jun Lee and
           Heather Hart

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
vessel,  Brennan Gallery, Jersey City, NJ,organized by Kenya

           The Brucennial, Recess Space, NY

  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

           AIM 29, Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY, organized by Micaela Giovannotti (with

           Locus, MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams, MA organized by Lauren Wolk

           Pulse, Taller Boricua, New York NY, organized by organized by Fernando Salicrup
           and Christine Licata

 The Future As Disruption, The Kitchen, New York NY, organized by Rashida Bumbray
           and Matthew
Intransit, Moti Hasson Gallery, organized by Omar Lopez-Chadoud

           The B-Sides, ALIRA a Center for Contemporary Art, organized by Edwin

           Archeologies of Wonder, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, organized by Kristina

           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

           Ethnographies of the Future, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY organized by Sara

Material Culture, Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos, Bronx, NY, organized by Juanita
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,

           Defensive Mechanisms (part of INTERSECTIONS) Henry Street Settlement, Abrons Art
New York, NY organized by Martin Dust

  Wild Girls, EXIT ART, organized by Jodi Hanel, Sarah Ryhanen, and Juana

           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, Univeristy of Richmond, Richmond,
           VA, (with catalog)

“From the Studio: Wish You Were Here…”, Co-dependent: Artists, Artist/Curators, &
           Curators Select Artists @ The Living Room, Miami, FL, organized by Franklin

           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
James E Lewis Museum of Art, Morgan State University, Baltimore,

           Watershed Kiln Gods, Gallery 1448, Baltimore, MD) (with catalog)

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

Skylight gallery, Bedford Styvesant Restoration Corporation, Brooklyn, NY 
           Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York, NY

  The Center for African American Art and NOEL gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina

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

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


2013   Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award

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)

Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant for Painters and Sculptors
           The Worth Residency in Bovina, NY

 The Studio Museum in Harlem Artist-in-Residence Program

New York Foundation of the Arts fellowship in Sculpture
           Art Matters Foundation Grant
           Bronx Museum AIM program

Artist in Residence, Hunter College

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace grant
           Visiting Artist,School of Visual Arts Computer Art MFA program

  Astraea Foundation Visual Arts grant

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

  Wheeler Foundation grant

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

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

  Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME


"“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,, Colby Chamberlain, July, 2008

“New York Summer Shows:, 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

2014   Public Lecture: San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco

Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Columbia University, New York NY
Performa Institue            
NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human
           Development organized by Adrienne Edwards

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
           Rhode Island School of Design, Visting Artist Lecture, Providence, RI
           New York University, Visiting Artist Lecture, New York, NY

Kessler conversations: In Memory of Monique Wittig, Simone Leigh and
           Ganesh, CLAGS, November 28, 2011, moderated by Dean Daderko,
           Graduate Center
           Caribbean Cultural Production, The Caribbean Epistemologies Symposium,
           29, 2011, Center for the Humanities, CUNY Graduate Center
           Parsons School of the Arts, Visiting Artist Lecture organized by Coco Fusco

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

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

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

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

“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


What She Says: The Surrealist Art of Simone Leigh