Simone Leigh

Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

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

SOLO & TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS
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
2014
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 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, 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 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

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 wein, 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 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 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)

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 Styvesant Restoration Corporation, Brooklyn, NY
The Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York, NY

2002
The Center for African American Art and NOEL gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina

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)

AWARDS/RESIDENCIES/INTERNSHIPS/GRANTS
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)

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 - 2009
Artist in Residence, Hunter College

2007 - 2008
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

LECTURES/SYMPOSIA/SCREENINGS
2014
Public Lecture: San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco

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, MA
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

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, 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

Press

Ebony
What She Says: The Surrealist Art of Simone Leigh