Lynn Hershman Leeson

Over the last three decades, artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson has been internationally acclaimed for her art and films.  She has pioneered new technologies in her ongoing investigation of issues that are now recognized as key to the working of our society: identity in a time of consumerism, privacy in a era of surveillance, interfacing of humans and machines, and the relationship between real and virtual worlds.

Lynn Hershman Leeson is a recipient of the d.velop digital art Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as a Siggraph Lifetime Achievement Award, Eureka and Rainen  Fellowships, Prix Ars Electronica Grand Prize,  and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.

Her four feature films – Strange Culture, Teknolust, Conceiving Ada and !Women Art Revolution – are all in distribution. They have screened at the Sundance Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival and The Berlin International Film Festival, among others. 

Artwork by Lynn Hershman Leeson is featured in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the William Lehmbruck Museum, the Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Tate Modern, The National Gallery of Canada, the Walker Art Center and the Museum of Modern Art, in addition to many celebrated private collections.

Recently honored with grants from Creative Capital, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Nathan Cummings Foundation, she is also the recipient of a Siemens International Media Arts Award, the Flintridge Foundation Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Visual Arts and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Prize for her film Teknolust. !Women Art Revolution received the Grand Prize in 2013 from the Festival of films on Art in Montreal.

In 2004 Stanford University Libraries acquired Hershman Leeson’s working archive. Secret Agents Private I, The Art and Films of Lynn Hershman Leeson was published by The University of California Press.

Hershman Leeson is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Davis, served as Chair of the film Department at San Francisco Art Institute and was an A.D. White Professor at Cornell. She is currently the 2013-14 Distinguished Artist at the New School for Public Engagement in New York.

 [bio courtesy of the filmmaker] 



Recent Reviews




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Crate cast, B/C level film making.