Simone Leigh

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What's Her Face Series, "Blue Torso", 2012
Terracotta, porcelain, epoxy
27 x 13 x 14.5 inches
What's Her Face Series, "Blue Torso", 2012
Terracotta, porcelain, epoxy
27 x 13 x 14.5 inches

Simone Leigh

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

Solo and Two-person Exhibitions

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
London, UK
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
The 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)
Rush 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, 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
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, 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
ves·sel, Brennan Gallery, Jersey City, NJ,organized by Kenya (Robinson)
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 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 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 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 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)

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

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

Selected Bibliography
"“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

Public Lecture: San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco
Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Columbia University, New York NY
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, 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,
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