Simone Leigh

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

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

Gone South, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA (organized by Stuart Horodner)
Simone Leigh and Wolfgang Paalen, Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco, CA
Simone Leigh in collaboration with Stuyvesant Mansion, Free People’s Medical Clinic, Creative Time, New York

I Always Face You Even When It Seems Otherwise, Tiwani Contemporary, London, UK (organized by Bisi Silva) (catalogue)

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

Momenta Art Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

As We Were Saying, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, organized by Claire Barliant, with catalog
The Shape of Things, Jack Shainman Gallery, NY, 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

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, curated by Henry Drewal)
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, Minneaplois, MN (organized by Valerie Cassel Oliver) (catalogue)
FUN HOUSE, Richard Gray Gallery, New York, NY
March On!, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, NY (organized by Dexter Wimberly)

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, Minneapolis, MN (organized by Valerie Cassel Oliver) (catalogue)

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, New York, NY (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, New York, NY (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, New York, 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) (catalogue)
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 (catalogue)
Locus, MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams, MA (organized by Lauren Wolk)
Pulse, Taller Boricua, New York NY (organized by Fernando Salicrup and Christine Licata)

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)

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

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 McDounough 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 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)

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

Skylight gallery, Bedford Styvesant Restoration Corporation, Brooklyn, NY
The 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)

Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award

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

2010 - 2011
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

2008 - 2009
Artist in Residence, Hunter College

2007 - 2008
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

Public Lecture: San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco

Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Columbia University, New York NY
              1932-2013" Conference
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 Museum
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 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

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

Fine Art Work Center, Visiting Artist Lecture, Provincetown, MA
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,
               Stacey 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

"“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


What She Says: The Surrealist Art of Simone Leigh