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Zoe Leonard was born in 1961 in Liberty, New York. At age sixteen, she dropped out of high school and began to practice art. She has spent most of her adult life living in New York City, whose built environment has been the subject matter of much of her work. She became well-known internationally following her installation at Documenta IX in 1992.

Over the past three decades, Leonard has produced work in photography and sculpture that has been celebrated for its lyrical observations of daily life coupled with a rigorous, questioning attention to the politics and conditions of image making and display. From her earliest aerial photographs to her images of museum interiors, anatomical models, fashion shows, storefronts, and trees her work reflects on the framing, classifying, and ordering of vision, as well as the physical and social changes of landscapes over time.

Leonard has exhibited widely since the late 1980s and her work has been included in a number of seminal exhibitions including Documenta IX and Documenta XII, and the 1993, 1997 and 2014 Whitney biennials. Leonard has had solo exhibitions at MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2018, upcoming); Whitney Museum of American Art (2018); Chinati Foundation, Marfa (2015); Camden Arts Centre, London (2012); Dia:Beacon, New York (2008 –11); Dia at the Hispanic Society, New York (2008); Fotomuseum Winterthur (2007); Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus (2007); and Vienna Secession (1997). Her work has also been presented in a number of group exhibitions at National Gallery of Art, Washington (2018); La Triennale di Milano, Milan (2017); Palazzo Fortuny, Venice (2016); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2014); MoMA PS1, New York (2013); Palazzo Grassi, Venice (2012). Leonard has received numerous honors, including the Bucksbaum Award, Whitney Museum of American Art (2014). She lives and works in New York.

 

ZOE LEONARD

Born 1961 in Liberty, New York, USA.
Lives and works in New York, USA.

 

SELECTED GRANTS & AWARDS

2014
Bucksbaum Award, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY

2010
Günter Fruhtrunk Prize
Finalist for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, London, England

2006 
Anonymous Was a Woman award

2005 
Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant, New York NY

2003-04 and 2005-06
Wexner Center Residency Award in Visual Arts, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus OH

2003
Rockefeller Bellagio Residency award

2001
Creative Capital Foundation, New York NY

2000
Creative Capital Foundation, New York NY

 


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018
Zoe Leonard, Aerials, Hauser & Wirth, London (until 2019)
Zoe Leonard, Analogue, Hauser & Wirth, Los Angeles (until 2019)
Survey, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York / MOCA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

2017
Misia, Postwar, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne

2016
I want a president, High Line Art, New York
In the Wake, Hauser & Wirth, New York

2015
Zoe Leonard, Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco
Zoe Leonard: Analogue, Museum of Modern Art, New York

2013
100 North Nevill Street, The Ice Plant, Chinati Foundation, Marfa
Sun Photographs, Micheline Szwajczer Gallery, Antwerp

2012
Zoe Leonard, Murray Guy, New York
Sun Photographs, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milano
Observation Point, Camden Art Centre, London

2011
Available Light, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne

2009
Photographs, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna
Photographs, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich

2008
You See I am here after all, Dia: Beacon, New York
Derrotero, Dia at the Hispanic Society of America, New York
Photographs, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid
Zoe Leonard, Galleria Pepe Cobo, Madrid


2007
Photographs, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Zurich
Analogue, Villa Arson, Nice
Analogue, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus

2006
Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne

2003
Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

2002
The Agency Contemporary Art, London

2001
Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco
Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
Zoe Leonard, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milano

2000
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

1999
Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw
Gallery Anadiel, Jerusalem
Micheline Szwajczer Gallery, Antwerp
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

1998
Centre National de la Photographie, Paris
Gisela Capitain, Cologne
Jan Weiner Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia

1997
Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris
Galerija Dante, Umag
Kunsthalle Basel, Basel
Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus
Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Vienna Secession, Vienna

1995
Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris
Galerija Sante Marino Cettina, Umag
Le Casa d’Arte, Milan
Photographs and Objects, at artist’s studio, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

1993
The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago, Chicago

1992
Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

1991
Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne
Luhring Augustine Hetzler, Los Angeles
Richard Foncke Gallery, Ghent
Trans Avant-Garde Gallery, San Francisco
University Art Museum/Pacific Film Archives, University of California, Berkeley

1990
Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne

1985
Greathouse, New York

1983
Hogarth Gallery, Sydney

1979
Fourth Street Photo Gallery, New York

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
1989. The End of the 20th Century, Institut Valencià d'Art Modern,Valencia, Spain
Still I Rise. Feminisms, Gender, Resistance, De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill-on-Sea

2018
Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, and De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill On Sea (until 2019)
Carnegie International, 57th Edition, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (until 2019)
arms ache avid aeon: Nancy Brooks Brody / Joy Episalla / Zoe Leonard / Carrie Yamaoka: fierce pussy amplified, Beeler Gallery, Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus (until 2019)
Surface Matters, A photographic collection on ceramic, MUT, Mutina for Art, Fiorano Modenese (until 2019)
Class Reunion. Works from the Gaby and Wilhelm Schürmann Collection, mumok Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Wien
A Time Capsule. Works made by Women for Parkett 1984-2017, Parkett Exhibition Space, Zurich
Zoe Leonard, Kayode Ojo, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Outliers and American Vanguard Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington - High Museum of Art, Atlanta - LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles

2017
The Restless Earth, La Triennale di Milano, Milan
Reconstitution LAXART, Los Angeles
Divided States of America, The Center, New York
Elements of Vogue. A Case Study on Radical Performance, CA2M, Madrid
If on a Trondheim’s night a traveler…, Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Trondheim, Norway
The Photographic I. Other Pictures, S.M.A.K., Ghent
Urban Planning: Art and the City 1967-2017, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis MO
Subjektiv, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden / Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway
Picturing Love: Photography's Pursuit of Intimacy, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah NY
Serialities, Hauser & Wirth, New York
Speech, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York
Looking back / The 11th White Columns Annual, White Columns, New York
Soil Erosion, Altman Siegel, San Francisco

2016
The Sun Placed in the Abyss, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus OH
Memoirs of a Watermelon Woman, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries, Los Angeles, CA
Quand fondra la neige ou ira le blanc?, Palazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italy
Pictures, Before and After – An Exhibition for Douglas Crimp, Galerie Buchholz, New York, NY
COMING TO POWER: 25 Years Of Sexually X-Plicit Art By Women, Maccarone Gallery, New York, NY
Medicine in Art, Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Krakow, Poland
Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible, The Met Breuer, New York, NY
A Hole in the Sea, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany
O/U, organized with ROOM EAST and Aaron Gemmill, P! and Room East, New York, NY
Leé Mis Labios / Read My Lips, TEOR/éTica, San José, Costa Rica
Zoe Leonard, Lorna Simpson, Cindy Sherman: In Passing, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
From Minimalism Into Algorithm, The Kitchen, New York, NY
2015


Greater New York
, MoMA PS1, New York, NY
to expose, to show, to demonstrate, to inform, to offer
, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig (MUMOK), Vienna


Leé mis labios
, 
TEOR/éTica, San José, Costa Rica


Slip of the Tongue, Punta della Dogana, Venice
Patrice Chéreau, Collection Lambert, Avignon
Gathered Fates, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin, Germany
Schurmann trifft Ludwig, Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Germany
Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham; Tate Liverpool, Liverpool
Roll up, roll up! An anatomical waxwork cabinet meets art
, 
Stiftung Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden


The SEA - salut d'honneur Jan Hoet
, 
Mu.ZEE, Dresden
Fobofilia. Opera dalla Collezione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy

2014
Greer Lankton, LOVE ME
, Participant Inc, New York
La disparition des lucioles, Collection Lambert and Enea Righi Collection, Sainte-Anne Prison, Avignon
Matthew Buckingham, Zoe Leonard, Gordon Matta Clark, Murray Guy, New York
(Mis)Understanding Photography, Works and Manifestos, Museum Folkwang, Essen Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
Staring at the Sun, Blind Spot Griffin Editions Project Space, Brooklyn
From Speaker to Receiver, Des Moines Art Centre, Des Moines

2013
L'image papillon, Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg
Expo 1 New York, MoMA PS1, New York
Vanity. Fashion Photography from the Gundlach Collection, National Museum Cracow, Cracow
Love & Death, Bergen Kunstmuseum, Bergen
Große Gefühle, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems
Nyc 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash And No Star, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Hair! Das Haar in der Kunst von der Antike bis Warhol - von Tilman Riemenschneider bis Cindy Sherman, Ludwig Galerie - Schloß Oberhausen, Oberhausen
Masculine / Masculine, Musee dʼOrsay, Paris
Looking back – The Seventh White Columns Annuall, White Columns, New York
Expo 1 New York, MoMA PS1, New York; Expo 1: Rio, Museu de Arte Moderna,
Rio de Janeiro
Views from Above, Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz
White Petals Surround Your Heart, Institute for Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
Une Préface, Le Plateau/Frac Ile-de-France, Paris
Something about a Tree, Flag Art Foundation, New York
Photography Now and Forever, Mathew, Berlin
Alchemical, Steven Kasher Gallery, New York
Glory Hole, LLS 387 Ruimte voor Actuele Kunst, Antwerp
Make an effort to remember. Or, failing that, invent, Bétonsalon, Paris
Von Beckmann bis Warhol. Kunst des 20. und 21. Jahrhunderts. Die Sammlung Bayer, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin

2012
Blues for Smoke, The Museum of Modern Art, MOCA, Los Angeles
Le Feuillagisme, Hôtel de Région (in collaboration with Le Pôle Image Haute-Normandie), Rouen
True Stories. Amerikanische Fotografie aus der Sammlung Moderne Kunst, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
Circus Wols. Eine Hommage, Weserburg Museum für Moderne Kunst, Bremen
Heart to Hand, Swiss Institute Contemporary Art, New York
“Out-of-_________” , Michael Benevento, Los Angeles
La voce delle immagini, Palazzo Grassi, Francois Pinault Foundation, Venezia
Printed / Showroom Rämistrasse 35, Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich
Ein Wunsch bleibt immer übrig, Ludwig Museum im Deutschherrenhaus, Coblenz
Viral Research, Whitechapel Gallery, London
Vollmilch. Der Bart als Zeichen, Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz, Linz
Agitated Histories, SITE, Santa Fe

2011
Vanity. Fashion/Photography from then F.C. Grundlach Collection,
KUNSTHALLE Wien, Wien
PHOTOGRAPHY CALLING! Sammlung Wilhelm und Gaby Schürmann, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Hannover
Vor dem Gesetz. Skulpturen der Nachkriegsmoderne und Räume der Gegenwartskunst,
Museum Ludwig, Cologne
You have been there – departures, bifurcations, Marian Goodman, New York
Vanity-Mode / Fotografie aus der Sammlung F. C. Gundlach, Kunsthalle Wien, Wien
Heterotopien und Wissensräume in der Kunst, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz
He disappeared into complete silence: re-reading a single artwork by Louise Bourgeois, De Hallen Haarlem, Haarlem
White Columns. 1970-2011 / 40+ Years of Support for Artists (2011 benefit auction), White Columns, New York
THE LAST FIRST DECADE, Ellipse Foundation, Alcoitão
Sõnastamata lood / Untold Stories, Tallinna Kunstihoone / Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn
Unsettled: Photography and Politics in Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Hello Goodbye Thank You, Again And Again, castillo/corrales, Paris

2010
Wunschzettel, im Rahmen der Ausstellung: Nur Papier, und doch die ganze Welt, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart
False / Divide: representations of abstraction in a few photographic works, Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York
Contagious! Reports against normality, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Genève
50 Artists Photograph The Future, Higher Pictures, New York
In Full Bloom, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan
Artworks from the Enea Righi Collection, Museion Bolzano, Bolzano
Collecting Biennials, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Self-Fulfilling Prophecies, Leo Koenig, New York
Augenschmaus – Vom Essen im Stillleben, Bank Austria Forum, Wien
Practices, 1970s to the Present, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid
DB Photography Prize, Photographers Gallery, London; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt
The Surreal House, Barbican Gallery, London

2009
Photography, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Pivot Points 3, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami
Locus Solus, Yvonne Lambert, Paris
Fashion Room (Fotografien der Sammlung F.C. Gundlach), Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt
Das Gespinst, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach
The Female Gaze. Women Look At Women, Cheim & Read, New York
Elles @ Centre Pompidou. Artists in the Collections of the Centre Pompidou, Centre Pompidou, Paris
Espèces d'espaces, Yvonne Lambert, New York
En todas partes. Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela
Galaxy, BAM/ PFA, Berkeley, California
Nouvelles Collections III, Sammlung Jocelyne & Fabrice Petignat, Centre PasquArt, Kunsthaus Centre d’art, Biel

2008
Ad Adsurdum, MARTa, Herford
Kunst im Heim, Capitain Petzel, Berlin
Drawing a Tension – Works from the Deutsche Bank Collection, Calouste Gulbenkian Cultural Centre, Lisbon
After Nature, New Museum, New York
Listen darling ... the world is yours, Art Centre, Cascais
Soziale Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art, International Center of Photography, New York Diagramme / Planning Reconsidered, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Stuttgart
L’Argent, Le Plateau, Paris
Eminent Domain: Contemporary Photography and the City, New York Public Library, NY
Reality Check, Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen
Versus inversus, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan
Signs Of The Time, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

2007
Documenta XII, Kassel
Dolls: Destiny Deacon, Virginia Fraser, Zoe Leonard, Maria Marshall & Laurie Simmons, Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. 45 Years of Art + Feminism, Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, Bilbao
Mouth Open, Teeth Showing: Major Works from the True Collection, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
Normal Love, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
J´Embrasse Pas, Collection Lambert, Avignon
Oh Girl, It's a Boy!, Kunstverein München, Munich
Forms of Resistance Artists and the desire for social change from 1871 to the present, Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven
BODYPOLITCX, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam

2006
Around the Corner: Zoe Leonard and Petra Wunderlich, Orchard, New York
Flying Cows and Other Comets – Not Just Comic Things in Art, Villa Merkel and Bahnwartenhaus, Esslingen
Full House, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Out of the Blue, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, Pennsylvania
The Eighth Square: Gender, Life and Desire in Art since 1960, Museum Ludwig, Cologne
Zoe Leonard, Liz Deschenes, and Vija Celmins, Tracy Williams Ltd., New York
When Artists Say We, Artists Space, New York
Possessed, Western Bridge, Seattle

2005
Alias & Alibi, Fries Museum, Leeuwarden
Cromosoma X, Galleria d’arte Sabrina Raffaghello Ovada; Joyce & Co. Galleria Artistico Letteraria, Genova
Femme(s), Musée de Carouge, Geneva, traveling to Florence and Brussels
Inside Out Loud: Visualizing Women’s Health in Contemporary Art, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
La Hendidura del Tiempo , (The Clefts of Time), Galeria Pepe Cobo, Madrid
Roe Ethridge, Zoe Leonard, Christopher Williams, Mai 36 Galerie, Zurich
Sharjah International Biennial 7, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
The New City: Suburbia in Recent Photography, TheWhitney Museum of American Art, New York
Theorema, une Collection Privee en Italie, la Collection d’Enea Righi, The Collection Lambert in Avignon, Avignon

2004
Arte in testa. Storia di un’ossessione da Picasso ai giorni nostri, MACI Museo arte contemporanea Isernia, Isernia
Cave Birds, Raffaella Cortese, Milan
Colección Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Ivam Institut d’Art Modern, Valencia
Infinitely Specific, Montserrat College of Art Galleries, MA
Les enfants terribles - The Language of Childhood in Art - 1909-2004, Museo Cantonale d'Arte, Lugano
Marilyn: From Anastasi to Weegee, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York
Open Proposition: Artists for the Bill of Rights, The Proposition Gallery, New York
Portraits d'arbres, Henri Gadeau de Kerville au regard de la photographie contemporaine, Muséed’Evreux, Evreux, France Biennale, Museum of New Art (mona), Pontiac, Michigan
Possessed: the things we own and the things that own us, Western Bridge, Seattle, Washington
Vagues 2, Hommages et digressions, Musée Malraux, Le Havre
Yankee Remix, Remix, Green Street Gallery, Boston

2003
A Clear Vision – Photographic works from the F.C. Gundlach collection, International House of Photography Deichtorhallen Hamburg
Eric Hattan, Zoe Leonard, Michel Francois, Swiss Institute, NY
Gelijk het leven is, S.M.A.K., Ghent
Hot Summer in the City, Sean Kelly Gallery, New York
In Nature: 10th International Biennial of Photography, The Italian Foundation of Photography and Palazzo Bricherasio, Torino
Lei. Donne nelle collezioni italiane, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino
Phantom of Desire, Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum, Graz
Photography, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
The tale of the thread: Embroidery and sewing in contemporary art, Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto
Works from the Sammlung Schurmann Collection, Museum fur Gegenwartskunst Siegen
Yankee Remix, Mass MoCA, North Adams

2002
Cadavre Exquis, Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois, Paris
De Gustibus, curated by Achille Bonito Oliva and Sergio Risaliti, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena
Perturbamento/Disturbance, Galleria Raffaela Cortese, Milano
Galerie Praz-Devallade, Paris
In Focus display within the Collection 2002, Tate Modern, London “Group Show”, The Agency, London
Keine Kleinigkeit, Kunsthalle Basel
Le Regard de l’Autre, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
Mask & Metamorphosis, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
My Marilyn, Liljewachs Konsthall, Stockholm
Photographier – to Photograph, Collection Lambert, Musée d’art Contemporain, Avignon,
Prophets of Boom –Werke aus der Sammlung Schürman, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden, Baden
RE: ACTION 2002, Jan Weiner Gallery, Kansas City, MO
Recent Accessions: Photography, MFA Houston, American Academy Invitational Exhibition of Painting & Sculpture, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York
Sie träumt von Ihrem Lieblingsstar. Er spricht mit einer fremden Sprache Vier Räume aus der Sammlung \ Schürmann
[She dreams of her favourite moviestar. He speaks with a foreign language. Four Rooms of the Collection Schürmann], K21 Kunstsammlung im Ständehaus, Dusseldorf
The Photographic Impulse, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle
Visions from America: Photographs from the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1940-2001, New York
White Columns Benefit Auction and Gala, New York
With and Without You: Re-visitations of Art in the Age of AIDS, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney

2001
Double Life, Generali Foundation, Vienna
From Real to Ideal, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro
Full Frontal, Photographic Portraits, Jan Weiner Gallery, Kansas
Magic/Object/Action, Site Gallery, Steffield
Outart 2001: Stand Fast Dick and Jan, Project, Ireland
Parkett Collaborations, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Sex –Vom Wissen und Wünschen, Deutsches Hygiene-Museum,
Shopping, Generali Foundation, Vienna
The Surreal Woman: Femaleness and the Uncanny in Surrealism, Kunsthalle Bielefel

2000
Body Beautiful, Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris
Brave New World, Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris
Cross Female, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
Drawings & Photographs, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York
Lignes d’horizon: Acquisitions récentes du FRAC Haute-Normandie, Fonds régional d’art contemporain de Haute-Normandie, Rouen
Others Worlds, curated by Erika Belle, New York
Positions to a political discourse, Raum Aktueller Kunst Martin Janda, Vienna
Sensitive, Le Printemps de Cahors
Snapshot, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore
Still, Alexander and Bonin, New York
The Swamp: On the Edge of Eden, Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville; The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Jacksonville, Florida
The Wounded Diva, Kunstverein München, Munich
Traveled to Nieuw Internationaal Cultureel Centrum, Antwerp
Vanitas: Meditations on Life and Death in Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum of Art, Richmond, Virginia
Voilà: Le Monde Dans la Tête, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris


1999
A Girl Like You, Galerie Praz-Delavallade, Paris
A Sangre y Fuego, Espai d’Art Contemporani de Castello, Valencia
Barbican Gallery, London
Calendar 2000, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson
Dramatis Personæ, The Photographic Resource Center, Boston, Massachusetts
Exhibition of Visual Art 1998, EVA, Limerick Corporation, Limerick
Gender Trouble, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen
in passing, The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
L’andudno, Wales, Barbican Gallery, London
Larmes Blanches, Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain, Rouen
Les Fleurs du Mal, Galerie Seitz - von Werder, Berlin
Persona II, Carousel Gallery, Paris
Sans Titre: Works from the Collection of Peggy Scott & David Teplitzky, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, Colorado
Skin Deep: Surface and Appearance in Contemporary Art, The Israel Museum Jerusalem
Sleuth, Ffotogallery, Cardiff, Wales
The Museum as Muse: Artists Reflect, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
The Sentiment of the Year 2000, Milano Triennale, Milan; Oriel Mosty, Llandudno, Wales
Travelling to The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego

1998
Bathroom, Thomas Healy Gallery, New York
Crossroad, Groninger Museum, Groningen
Embedded Metaphor, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, Maine
Fast Forward, (Body Check) Kunstverein Hamburg, Hamburg
Jardin d’artistes: De mémoire d’arbre, Musée Zadkine, Paris
L’Hypothèse du tableau volé, la Fondation Mamco et le Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Geneva
Sculpture - Figure - Woman, Upper Austrian Regional Gallery, Linz
Some Like it Hot, Linda Kirkland Gallery, New York
The Precious Image: Contemporary Platinum Photography, University Art Gallery, Montclair State University
Three Generations, Patricia Faure Gallery, Santa Monica
Travel and Leisure, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Travelling to Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Chemnitz

1997
Biennial Exhibition, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Body, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia
Casino Luxembourg and Musée national d’histoire et d’art, Luxembourg and to Arken Museum of Modern Art, Ishøj
Fashion Moda, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland,
Feminine Image, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, New York
Gothic, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Koldo Mitxelena Kulturunea Exhibition Gallery, Donostia-St. Sebastian
Museum Van Hedendaagse , Kunst Gent zu Gast im Kunstverein Schwerte
Short Cuts: Links to the Body, Deutsche Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin, Dortmund
Skin Deep, Jennifer Flay Gallery, Paris
Still and Moving: Contemporary Photography and Video, Revolution Gallery, Ferndale, Miami
The Leisure Sector, Annika Sundvik Gallery, New York
The Matrix of Geography, Galerija Dante Marino Cettina, Umag
The Veiled Face, (Transvestism and Identity in Art): The 80’s and 90’s,
Traveled to: Deichtorhallen Hamburg
Veronica’s Revenge: Oeuvres Photographiques de la Lambert Art Collection, Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneva

1996
Art at Home: Ideal Standard Life, Spiral Garden, Tokyo
Black and Blue: Eight American Photographers, Groninger Museum, Groningen
Film Archive, University of California at Berkeley, California
Groninger Museum’s Collection and Proposals for Future Acquisitions, Groninger Museum, Groningen
Group Show, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
International, New York. Curated by Nina Felshin
L'Evidence, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva
Nudo and Crudo: Sensitive body, Visible body, Claudia Gian Ferrari Arte Contemporanea, Milano
Passage à l'acte, Galerie Jennifer Flay, Paris
Points of View: Photography from the Collection, Gallery 2, University Art Museum, Pacific
Push Pause, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, Illinois
Sosie, Sagacho Exhibit Space, Tokyo
The Wild Good; Lesbian Photography and Writings on Love, A Different Light Bookstore, New York
Vija Celmins, Zoe Leonard, Jorge Pardo, Joe Scanlan, Galerie Micheline Szwajcer, Antwerp

1995
Civil Rights Now, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Compulsion to Repeat: Repetition and Difference in Works from the Permanent Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Fashion Moda, curated by Lisa Marie Marks, Entwistle, London
Feminin/Masculin: Le Sexe de l'Art, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
In a Different Light, University Art Museum/Pacific Film Archives, University of California, Berkeley
L'immagine riflessa: una selezione di fotografia contemporanea dalla collezione LAC, Svizzera, Museo Pecci, Prato
Nature Studies II, University Gallery Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts
Obliquely, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica
Passion Privées: Collections particulières d’art moderne et contemporain en France, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
Zoe Leonard and Mauri Formigoni, Sangamon State University Visual Arts Gallery Springfield, Illinois

1994
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Holiday Exhibition, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
In the Field: Landscape in Recent Photography, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles
Le Capitou, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Frejus
Massimo de Carlo, Milano
Pictures of the Real World, (In Real Time), curated by Robert Nickas, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Sea Sights, curated by Nessia Pope, Offshore Gallery, East Hampton, New York
Sosie, Herve Mikaeloff, Paris
Stadische Galerie, Goppingen
Sum of the Parts, University of Hawaii at Manoa Art Gallery, Honolulu, Hawaii
The Art of Seduction, The Centre Gallery, Miami-Dade Community College, Miami
The Use of Pleasure, Terrain Gallery, San Francisco
Travelled to: Le Consortium, Dijon

1993
1920: The Subtlety of Subversion, The Continuity of Intervention, Exit Art / The First World, New York
Biennial Exhibition, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Abject Art: Repulsion and Desire in American Art, Whitney Independent Study Program
Art & Aids in New York, Münchner Stadtmuseum, Münich; Stadtbibliothek Hannover, Hannover
Coming To Power: 25 Years of Sexually Explicit Art by Women, David Zwirner Gallery, New York
Dissent, Difference & The Body Politic, Otis Gallery, Otis School of Art and Design, Los
Angeles
Eau de Cologne: 1983 - 1993, Galerie Monika Spruth, Cologne
Gent de Gast in De Beyerd Breda: De Keuze Van Jan Hoet, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Gent
Imaginaries, Lesbian Herstory Archives, Brooklyn, New York
Kunstverein Kippenberger Kassel, Museum Fridericianum Kassel, Friedrichsplatz
Nulle Part et Partout, Espace Paul Boye, Sète
Rewriting History: The Salon of 1993, Montgomery Glasoe Fine Art, Minneapolis
Robert Gober, Zoe Leonard, Fawbush, New York
Saints and Survivors in a Time of Plague, Lowinsky Gallery, New York
The Foundation for Contemporary Art, Mexico City
The Return of the Cadavre Exquis, The Drawing Center, New York
The Santa Monica Museum, Los Angeles, California; The Forum for Contemporary Art, St.Louis, Missouri
The Uncanny, Sonsbeek Exhibition, Gemeentemuseum Arnhem, Arnhem
The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Traveled to: The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
Travelled to the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul
What happened to the institutional critic? , American Fine Arts-Colin de Land, New York
Zoe Leonard/Sue Williams, Galerie Rizzo, Basel Art Fair, Basel

1992
Documenta IX, Kassel
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Auction, Neiman Marcus, Union Square, San Francisco
Zoe Leonard, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Kiki Smith, Robert Gober, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco

1991
12 Brussels Art Fair, Ghent
8th Annual Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos, Los Angeles Photography Center, Los Angeles
Act Up Benefit Exhibition, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
From Desire: A Queer Diary, Richard F. Brush Art Gallery, St. Lawrence University, New York
Gulliver's Travels, Galerie Sophia Ungers, Cologne
John Baldessari, Burt Barr, Robert Gober, Sherrie Levine, Ronald Jones, On Kawara, Zoe Leonard, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Nancy Brooks Brody, Paula Hayes, Zoe Leonard, Jack Pierson, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, New York
New Museum Benefit Auction, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Outrageous desire, DAB Galleries, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Shooter's Hill, AC Project Room, New York

1990
Act Up Auction For Action, Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
Luhring Augustine, New York
Ponton Temse, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent
Survey of Gay and Lesbian Artists, Penine Hart Gallery, New York
The Köln Show, Cologne
Wendy Jacob and Zoe Leonard, Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
Work on Paper, Paula Allen Gallery, New York

1989
AIDS Timeline, An Installation by Group Material, University Art Museum, Berkeley
Erotophobia, Simon Watson Project Space, New York
First Amendment Show, Sally Hawkins Gallery, New York
Pacific Film Archives,, University of California, Berkeley
Strange Attractors: Signs of Chaos, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
The Center Show, Lesbian and Gay Community Center, New York
War Resisters' League Benefit, New York

1988
Selections from the Artists' File, Artist Space, New York

1987
Consonance, ISD, New York, New York

1986
Myth, Greathouse, New York
New Math Gallery, New York
Simon Cerigo Gallery, New York
The Hidden Surface, Middendorf Gallery, Washington

1985
Getting Off, Civilian Warfare, New York

1984
Soon to Be A Major Motion Picture, Greathouse, New York
Just Appearances, New Math Gallery, New York

1983
Twenty Nine Downtown, Piezo Electric, New York

1982
Times Square Show, Times Square, New York

1980
Club 57, New York


SELECTED LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

2018
Quiero un Presidente, Public reading of I Want a President at a plaza in Mexico City’s downtown area, Mexico City
Zoe Leonard in conversation with Lynne Cooke, senior curator at National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

2016
Before Pictures, Zoe Leonard in Conversation with Douglas Crimp, Hauser & Wirth, New York

2013
Preview/Review. Artists Robert Irwin and Zoe Leonard discuss new work for Chinati with Lynne Cooke and Rob Weiner


2012
Lecture – 25 January 2012, University of Southern Californi Roski School of Fine Arts, Los Angeles

2011
Guest presenter at To Save and Project: The Ninth MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation, Museum of Modern Art, New York

2010
Zoe Leonard: You see I am here after all, Dia Art Foundation presents a reading and book launch for Zoe Leonard, New York
Bettina Funcke and Johanna Burton talk about Zoe Leonard’s work, Dia Art Foundation, New York
Zoe Leonard in Conversation with Lynne Cooke, Dia Art Foundation, New York



FILM/VIDEO

1996
The Watermelon Woman, 1996, written and directed by Cheryl Dunye, produced by Barry Swimar and Alexandra Juhasz. Leonard created a group of 82 photographs which were used in the film.

1991
East River Park, 1991, Zoe Leonard, Director, with Nancy Brody, 4 minute super-8 black and white silent film.

1990
Keep Your Laws Off My Body, 1990, with Catherine Saalfield, 12 minute video.

Selected Film Festivals/Screenings for East River Park

1994
Eighth London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, London

1993
Louisville Film and Video Festival, Louisville, Kentucky

1992
16th San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
Highlights of 5th New York Lesbian & Gay Experimental Film Festival, Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley
Highlights of NY Lesbian & Gay Experimental Film Festival, Film Forum, Los Angeles

1991
5th New York Lesbian and Gay Experimental Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, New York, September 1991
Motion Pinchers: 8 Films at 4 Walls, curated by Su Friedrich and Michael Gitlin Brooklyn, September 1991
Gay & Lesbian Film Festival '91, Amsterdam

1989
Target City Hall, 1989, DIVA TV (Member of Collective), video

1988
Because the Dawn, 1988, Amy Goldstein, Director, 16 mm film. Photographs for sets, props and special effects, production stills.

Selected Festivals/Screenings for Keep Your Laws Off My Body

2008
GLBT ALMS (archives, libraries, museums, and special collections) Conference, City University of New York Graduate Center

1994
Civil Rights Now, Montgomery Museum of Art, AL

1992
Dissent, Difference and the Body Politic, Portland Art Museum, OR

1991
British Film Institute Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
The New York International Gay/Lesbian Film/Video, Festival
Berlin Lesbian Film Festival
Outrageous Desire, Rutgers Gay and Lesbian Studies Conference, NJ

1990
American Film Institute National Video Festival
Frameline, San Francisco Gay/Lesbian Film and Video Festival
Los Angeles Gay/Lesbian Film and Video Festival

1989
The Center Show, Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center, New
Erotophobia, Simon Watson Project Space, New York City, complete compilation tape
The AIDS Timeline, Group Material Show at Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley
Yale University - A Day Without Art, video presentation and discussion, New Haven

 

COLLECTIONS

Antwerp Museum of Photography, Antwerp
Baltimore Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Baltimore Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland
Collezione la Gaia, Busca, Italy
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo, Sevilla, Spain
Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas
Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
Ellipse Foundation, Cascais, Portugal
Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, France
Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain de Haute-Normandie, Rouen, France
Fotomuseum Wintertur, Winterthur, Switzerland
Generali Foundation, Vienna, Austria
Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands
Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York
MP Contemporary Art Collection, Madrid, Spain
Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva, Switzerland
Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain
Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, Florida
New York Public Library, New York, New York
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
Provinciaal Museum voor Fotografie, Antwerpen, Belgium
Provincia di Milano, Milan, Italy
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California
Sheldon Memorial Museum, Omaha, Nebraska
Stadtmuseum, Kassel, Germany
Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany
Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst Gent, Ghent, Belgium
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Miami Florida
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York
The New School, New York, New York
The Tate Modern, London, England
University Art Museum, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California
Vienna Secession, Vienna, Austria
Western Bridge, Seattle, Washington
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York