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Leigh Ledare

Leigh Ledare creates work that raises questions of agency, intimacy and consent, transforming the observer into the voyeur of private scenes or situations dealing with social taboos. Using photography, the archive, language, and film, he explores notions of subjectivity in a performative dimension, his interventions putting in tension the realities of social constructions and the projective assumptions that surround them.

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The Task (2017)


Leigh Ledare
The Task, 2017
Single channel video and sound
118 min.

Ledare filmed The Task during a three-day Group Relations Conference — a socialpsychology method developed by London’s Tavistock Institute — that the artist organized in Chicago. In addition to directing the film crew, Ledare assembled the 28 participants and secured the collaboration of 10 psychologists trained in the method. During a sequence of small and large group meetings, the group studies its own self-made social structure — an abstract “task” that allows participants to examine the identities, roles, desires, and biases individuals import into the group, as well as conscious and unconscious group dynamics.

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Plots (2017)



Leigh Ledare’s Plots were among those works produced for the artist’s 2017-2018 solo exhibition The Plot at The Art Institute of Chicago. Presented in two adjacent spaces, the interconnected works in this exhibition stemmed from Ledare’s interventions into a method of systems-based social psychology developed at the London’s Tavistock Institute by the psychoanalyst Wilfred Bion.

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Pretend You’re Actually Alive (2000-2008)



Pretend You’re Actually Alive, the artist’s best-known work and his most subversive to date, was made in collaboration with his aging ex-ballerina mother over a period of eight years. In the images, she offers herself with disarming explicitness to her son’s camera and to the unknown public of the resulting images. She appears in the most compromising poses, engaging in the most private actions, posing and performing for the camera au naturele, occasionally with a sex partner. The result is unsettling, as gripping as it is disconcerting. And there is little else like them in the history of photography.

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Children Drawings (2012, ongoing)



The Children drawings are an ongoing series Ledare started to make in 2012. For each work, Ledare invited a different three-year-old child to draw in oil pastels directly over an image of his mother. The recurring image is an outtake from Pretend You’re Actually Alive, a photograph taken in 2006 of his mother lying nude on top of a floral duvet, her legs spread.

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Double Bind (2010)



For Double Bind, Ledare traveled alone to a remote cabin in Upstate New York with his recently remarried ex-wife, Meghan Ledare-Fedderly, photographing her over the course of three nights. Two months after this initial trip (upon Ledare’s initiative and funded by the artist), his ex-wife returned to the same location with her current husband.

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Vokzal (2016)


Leigh Ledare
Vokzal, 2016
Color 16mm Film with sound and installation
60 min.

Vokzal is a looping, 16mm film shot by Leigh Ledare in 2016. Running nearly 60-minutes, Vokzal uses the sprawling public space connecting three Moscow train stations as a rubric for mapping latent social dynamics. Inside the station complex—itself a threshold where the country’s farthest corners converge with its economic center—symptoms of structural violence are passed over by the banal yet complicated choreography of transit. The film captures interactions between numerous subjects passing through, working in, loitering around or policing this public zone—inside of which the cohabitation of transgression, authority and quotidian routine mirrors the fractures of social hierarchy.

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An Invitation (2012)



Seven large-scale lithographic montages and an accompanying contract comprise An Invitation (2012), a project that resulted from an unusual request. Ms. –, a socially connected figure from a prominent family who was fascinated with Ledare’s series of photographs of and with his mother, invited him to her home and commissioned him to take erotic photographs of her for her private use.

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Personal Commissions (2008)



For the project Personal Commissions Ledare answered Women Seeking Men personal advertisements posted in various New York City newspapers. While primarily serving as a vehicle for seeking out companionship, these ads often referenced phrases such as “tribute”, which only thinly disguised the subjects’ participation within an underground economy of intimacy, sexual gratification and material validation.

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Collector’s Commissions (2008, ongoing)



Collector’s Commissions is an ongoing series in which a selection of collectors were invited to photograph Ledare within the context of their own art collection. The series was originally created in conjunction with the limited edition of Ledare’s book, Pretend You’re Actually Alive in 2008: each purchaser of the book’s limited edition was allowed to direct and pose a photograph of Ledare objectified within their art collection.

MoMa Plot (2009)



At the origin of Upon the Death of My Grandfather (July 28, 2008 – August 17, 2011) is an unusual gift from the artist’s grandfather. Before his death, Ledare’s grandfather purchased a grave plot for each member of the family and gave the receipt and certificate of proof of the act as a gift to each of them. The gesture was an attempt to physically reunite the estranged members of a dysfunctional family in death; it was also a testament to the imminent death of the giver, as well as an insinuation of the eventual fate of each of the recipients.
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Ana and Carl (and some other couples) (2009)



Ana and Carl (and some other couples) (2014), a collaboration between Leigh Ledare and the artist Nicolás Guagnini (b. 1966), addresses issues of intimacy and estrangement entwined with the social. Ledare and Guagnini produced a sculptural set of 126 intervened books, appropriating classics from the contemporary Western canon—including texts on philosophy, psychology, theology, feminist and queer theory, among others. Arranged on the floor in an orderly “minimalist” grid, these books have been drilled out—with one, two, three and four inch holes—creating apertures which focus the viewer’s gaze on images culled from an archive of 1970s pornography.
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The Walk (2016)



Leigh Ledare’s The Walk — which might be read in reference to a dog walk, cruising, or even a line up – uses materials associated with consumption, waste and sanitation to parallel psychic and social processes.

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Shoulder, The Gift, The Model (2007)


Leigh Ledare
The Gift, 2007
Single channel video, audio
9 minutes, 13 seconds

A part of Leigh Ledare’s body of work forms an archive of the artist’s relationship with his mother. At the age of fifty, Tina Peterson, former ballerina, and later stripper, approached her son to document her sex life for posterity.

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The Large Group (2016)


Leigh Ledare
The Large Group, 2016
Single-channel video, subtitled
68 min.

The Large Group is a central excerpt from 2016’s The Here and the Now (Zurich 1:1) first shown as a commission for the European biennial Manifesta 11. Over three-days, meetings alternated between 12 Small Group sessions, 5 Large Group sessions, Plenary meetings, Staff meetings, and One-on-One Reflection sessions. The full project culminated in nearly 18 hours of films as well as a series of works on paper. In The Large Group a social apparatus sets the stage for the psychological production of lived dynamics. Despite our attempts to closet the chaos of our own internal emotions, at moments these dynamics exceed our control and we find ourselves “caught up”.

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A Modest Exchange (2016)



Leigh Ledare’s A Modest Exchange functions as 60 fragments of one larger piece. Its formal structure and dissemination is meant to elude visibility in its entirety.
Beginning with an already fulfilled subscription – a collection of LIFE Magazines obtained by Mr. Selig Paskin through mail between the years of 1968-1972 – Ledare intervened within the limitations of the bound magazine’s facing-page format. Excising pages in order to reveal latent juxtapositions, Ledare’s removal criteria looked for combinations used to justify the limiting and forfeiting of individual privacy.

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Leigh Ledare and curator Lisa Long discuss Ledare’s latest film The Task on the occasion of the opening of Leigh Ledare: l’hôte at Office Baroque, Brussels, 9 November 2019

Born 1976, Seattle, Washington, USA. Lives and works in New York, USA.

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BIOGRAPHY


EDUCATION

2008 MFA Visual Art Columbia University, New York, USA
2000 BFA Rhode Island School of Design, University of Washington, USA
1997 University of Washington, USA


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019 L’Hôte, Office Baroque, Brussels, Belgium
2017 The Plot, The Museum of the Arts Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
Vokzal, The Box, Los Angeles, USA
2016 place du jardin aux fleurs, Office Baroque, Brussels, Belgium
The Here and The Now, Manifesta 11, Zurich, Switzerland
2015 Double Bind, Art Unlimited (curated by Gianni Jetzer), Basel, Switzerland
2014 Ana and Carl, and Some Other Couples (with Nic Guagnini), Max Mayer Gallery, Dusseldorf, Germany
Leigh Ledare, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, USA
Ana and Carl, and some other couples (with Nic Guagnini), Andrew Roth, New York, USA
2013 An Invitation, RECEPTION, Berlin, Germany
Leigh Ledare, et al., Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark
2012 Double Bind Publication, Michele Didier Gallery, Paris, France
Leigh Ledare, et al., WIELS, Brussels, Belgium
An Invitation, Pilar Corrias, London, UK
Leigh Ledare, The Box, Los Angeles, USA
2011 Something Might Have Been Better than Nothing… with Per Billgren, RECEPTION, Berlin, Germany
2010 Double Bind, The Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, Russia
Double Bind, Prix Decouvert, Les Rencontres d’Arles (curated by Ruf, Obrist, Eccles, Parreno & Gillick), Arles, France
Le Tit, Guido Costa Projects, Turin, Italy
The Confectioner’s Confectioner, Pilar Corrias, London, UK
Too Late and Later, Rod Bianco Gallery, Oslo, Norway
2009 Leigh Ledare, Les Rencontres de Arles, Arles, France
2008 You Are Nothing to Me. You Are like Air, Rivington Arms, New York, USA
Pretend You’re Actually Alive, Andrew Roth Gallery, New York, USA


FILMS AND VIDEOS

The Task, 2017. Single channel HD video with sound, 118 minutes
Vokzal, 2016. Color 16mm film with sound and installation, 60 minutes
The Here and the Now (Zurich 1:1), 2016. 13 channel video installation, approximately 16 hours
The Large Group, 2016. Single-channel video, subtitled, 68 minutes
The Gift, 2008. Single channel video, 9 minutes and 18 seconds
The Model, 2008. Single channel video, 4 minutes and 5 seconds
Shoulder, 2008. Single channel video, 8 minutes and 45 seconds


BOOKS, PUBLICATIONS AND EDITIONS

2019 Between a Punk and Picasso broadsheet containing essay by Leigh Ledare accompanied by photographs by Ledare and Larry Clark, published by PPP Editions/Andrew Roth
2015 Double Bind (essays and conversation) coauthored with Rhea Anastas. A.R.T. Press
2014 Ana and Carl, and Some Other Couples (with Nic Guagnini), published by PPP Editions/Andrew Roth
2012 Double Bind (3 volumes: Ephemera, Husbands, Diptychs), Published by mfc-michele didier, Brussels/Paris.
Leigh Ledare, et al., Published by WIELS Center for Contemporary Art and Mousse Publishing.
An Invitation. Published by Leroy Neiman Center for Print Studies, Columbia University, New York
2011 A Modest Exchange, Artist edition curated by Tom Eccles for Invisible Exports, New York
2008 Pretend You’re Actually Alive, PPP Editions, in collaboration with Andrew Roth, NY


PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, USA
Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, USA
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019 Empathy Clinic, UNSW Galleries, Paddington, Australia
Acting Out: Works from the Marieluise Hessel Collection, curated by Leigh Ledare and Tom Eccles, Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annondale-on-Hudson, NY
Lignes de Vies, curated by Frank Lamy, Musee d’art Contemporain du Val-de Marne, France
Diaristic Photography and the Photobook, curated by Sarah Allen, Tate Modern, London, UK
Straying from the Line, Schinkel Pavillion, Berlin, Germany
ON FIRE-VULNERABLE FOOTAGE for BASLER DOKUMENTARTAGE 19, It’s the Real Thing, curated by Benedikt Wyss and Boris Nikitin, SALTS Birsfelden, Basel, Switzerland
2018 Putting out, Gavin Brown’s, New York, USA
Group Therapy, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, USA
Defacement, The Club, Tokyo, Japan
Measures of Authority (curated by Selby Nimrod), Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-On-Hudson, USA
Smiles Without Freedom, curated by Rirkrit Tiravanija and Tomas Vu, Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, NY, USA
2017 Feedback (curated by Leo Fitzpatrick), Marlborough Contemporary, New York, USA
THE PUBLIC BODY .02 (curated by Talia Linz and Alexie Glass-Kantor), Artspace, Sydney, Australia
The Times, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, USA
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
Vocales, CAC Brétigny, Brétigny-sur-Orge, France
Sinister Feminism (curated By Piper Marshall with Lola Kramer), A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn, USA
2016 Give Me Yesterday (curated by Francesco Zanot), Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy
Invisible Adversaries: Marieluise Hessel Collection, Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-On-Hudson, USA
Manifesta 11, Zurich, Switzerland
Private Exposure, Sammlung Olbricht, Berlin, Germany
Bread and Roses, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland
Un certain regard, Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague, The Netherlands
2015 Love, Nymphius Projekte, Berlin, Germany
The School of Kyiv – Kyiv Biennial 2015, Kyiv, Ukraine
Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood (curated by Susan Bright), The Photographer’s Gallery, London, UK
PSexe, Beatitude et Logique Compatable, Michele Didier, Paris, France
Sitter, Columbus College of Art and Design’s Canzani Center Gallery, Columbus, USA
Chercher le garçon, Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine, France
Between Empowerment and Crisis: Images of Motherhood from 1900 to Today, LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz, Austria
2014 It Happens Without You, Kendall Koppe, Glasgow, UK
Copy Show, Andrew Roth Gallery, New York, USA
Nuit Américaine, Office Baroque, Brussels, Belgium
Paperwork: A Brief History of Artists’ Scrapbooks, ICA, London, UK
La vie domestique (curated by Sandra Patron), Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux, France
Walk-ins Welcome, Marlborough Broome Street, New York, USA
Simulacra, Galerie Max Mayer, Düsseldorf, Germany
Bad Conscience (curated by John Miller), Metro Pictures, New York, USA
Layers Thaw, Minerva Gallery, Sidney, Australia
2012 Privacy, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
The Hidden Mother, L’Avenir dure longtemps, Paris, France
Take off your silver spurs and help me pass the time (curated by Gerold Miller), Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska, Salzburg, Austria
Collaborations & Inventions (curated by Friederike Nymphius), CCA Kunsthalle Andratx, Andratx, Spain
Americans in New York 2 (curated by Ami Barak), Galerie Michel Rein, Paris, France
2011 Leigh Ledare, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Jason and Jesse Pearson (curated by Latoya Ruby Frazie), Mason Gross Galleries at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA
Sex Drive, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, USA
A Hole is To Dig, Office Baroque, Antwerp, Belgium
Cult of the Ruin: Strategies of Accumulation, UC Irvine, Irvine, USA
LAXART Curator’s Choice Video Show, LAXART, Los Angeles, USA
Martin Parr’s Best Books of the Decade, National Photographic Archive, Dublin, Ireland
Home Videos, Leigh Ledare and Kenneth Tam, Loisaida, USA
Sex Drive, Haverford College, Haverford, USA
2010 How Soon Is Now (curated by Ruf, Obrist, Eccles, Gillick, Parreno), The Garage CCC, Moscow, Russia
Which Witch is Which? (curated by Ajay Kurian), White Flag Projects, St. Louis, USA
Luma Discovery Award, Les Rencontres d’Arles, (curated by Ruf, Obrist, Eccles, Gillick, Parreno), Arles, France (with Hans Peter-Feldman, Fischli and Weiss, Roe Etheridge and others)
Greater New York 2010 (curated by Klaus Biesenbach, Connie Hatch, Neville Wakefield), MoMA / PS1, New York, USA
No More Presence, Leigh Ledare and Corinne Jones, Gresham’s Ghost
They Have Not the Art to Argue with Pictures: Robert Heinecken, Guyton, Schorr, Ross Ho, Guagnini, Ledare, Frydenborg, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, USA
Support Group, Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
So Be It: Interventions in Printed Matter, Andrew Roth Gallery, New York, USA
Screening, Berkeley Museum of Art, Berkely, USA
2009 I’m So Sad, My God, ISCP, New York, USA
Dance, Sons and Daughters, Dance!, The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand
Selected Works curated by Laurie Simmons, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, New York, USA
Prague Biennale 4, Prague, Czech Republic
Re-Gift (curated by John Miller), Swiss Institute, New York, USA
House Call, Three’s Company, New York, USA
Ca Me Touche (curated by Nan Goldin), Arles, France (with JH Enstrom, Anders Petersen, Boris Mikhailov, Jack Pierson and Nan Goldin)
N-1, Patino Foundation, Santa Cruz, Bolivia
2008 Freeway Balconies (curated by Collier Schorr), Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, Germany
Open Secret, International Center of Photography, New York, USA
Swiss Institute benefit auction, Swiss Institute, New York, USA
Colette, Paris, France
Closer Now, Rivington Arms, New York, USA
Foundation for Contemporary Art, Benefit Auction, Cohan and Leslie, New York, USA
Columbia University MFA Thesis Show, New York, USA
EPTSOLP (curated by Chris Johanson), Small a Projects, Portland, USA
Blindspot Benefit Auction, David Zwirner Gallery, New York, USA
Kevin Zucker, Sentimental Education, (contributor), 11 Rivington, New York, USA
2007 Leigh Ledare, Ari Marcopoulos and JH Engstrom, Cohan and Leslie, New York, USA
Stalemate, Curator, Leroy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, USA
The Dating Show, ISE Foundation, New York, USA
CRG, Open Video Series, New York, USA
Artists’ Books: Transgression/Excess, Space Other, Boston, USA
Frieze Art Fair, Rivington Arms, London, UK
Ego, Jail Gallery, Los Angeles, USA


CURATED EXHIBITIONS AND SCREENINGS

2019 Acting Out: Works from the Hessel Collection (curated by Leigh Ledare and Tom Eccles), Hessel Museum, Bard College, Annondale-on-Hudson, NY
2018 Authority, Emotion and Exclusion, film Screening Series in collaborations with Group Relations conference (co-curated with Fred Schmidt-Arenales and Netta Tea), UPENN, Philadelphia
2007 Stalemate (curated by Leigh Ledare), Leroy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York


SELECTED LECTURES AND ARTIST TALKS

2019 THE BOX (four screenings of The Task on two consecutive weekends, and conversation with Catherine Taft), Los Angeles, CA
UPenn screening series (co-curator) (The Task, screening and conversation with Homay King)
University of New South Wales (The Task, screening and symposium, Empathy Clinic), Sydney, Australia
BAM (screening of The Task for Triple Canopy’s On Resentment), BAM Rose Cinema, Brooklyn, NY
Yale University (Artist talk and screening of The Task), New Haven, CT
Whitney Museum of American Art, conversation on Andy Warhol moderated by Lynne Tilmann, with Elizabeth Schambelan, Cy Gavin, Justine Kurland, New York, NY
Rijksakademie (screening of The Task), Amsterdam, Netherlands
Hessel Museum/Bard CCS (conversation with Lynn Tillmann and Lyle Ashton Harris on Acting Out curated by Leigh Ledare and Tom Eccles), Bard College, Annondale-on-Hudson, NY
2018 SPACE (The Task screening and conversation), Portland, ME
Sheffield Documentary Festival (screening of The Task), Sheffield, England
Bard Center for Curatorial Studies (with Selby Nimrod), Bard College, Annondale-on-Hudson, NY
BAM Cinema Fest (screening of The Task), Bam Rose Cinema, Brooklyn, NY
American Academy Rome (screening of The Task), Rome, Italy
Paris Photo, Paris, France, Conversation between Leigh Ledare and Laure Prouvost
Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
Lomex Gallery, New York, Conversation between Leigh Ledare and Lynne Tilmann
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
True/False film festival (screening of The Task), Columbia, MO
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA
2017 The Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
Yale University, New Haven, CT
2016 The Speaker with Vanessa Place and Jamieson Webster, James Fuentes Gallery, New York, NY
Cranbrook Academy, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Columbia University, New York, NY
Zurich University of the Arts, Zurich, Switzerland
Friends of Manifesta talk. Zurich Kunsthal, LUMA Foundation, Zurich, Switzerland
2015 Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
Barnard College, New York, NY
Yale University, New Haven, Ct
Paris Photo, conversation with Jeff Rosenheim, Elisabeth Bronfen and Donatien Grau, Paris, France
The Box, Los Angeles. Double Bind book release and Conversation with Anastas, Liz Kotz and Andrew Freeman.
Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Leigh Ledare and Paul McCarthy moderated by Chrissie Iles, Frieze Art Fair, New York, NY
San Francisco Institute of Art, San Francisco, CA
Printed Matter Book Fair, PS1/MoMA, talk with Andrew Roth and Vincent Aletti. New York, NY.
Artists Space Books + Talks, book release and conversation with Rhea Anastas, John Miller, Daniel Bozhkov, K8 Hardy and Leigh Ledare, New York, NY
2014 Paris Photo, LA. Conversation with Frances Stark, moderated by Douglas Fogel, Los angeles, CA
Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Aperture Foundation/Parsons lecture series, New York, NY
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
State Academy of Arts and Design, Stuttgart, Germany
New York City Public Library, moderated by Christophe Cherix, with Andrew Roth, Alex Kitnick, Phil Aarons, coinciding with Paperwork: A Brief History of Artists’ Scrapbooks
Panel on Robert Heinecken moderated by curator Eva Respini, New York, NY 2013
Charlottenborg Kunsthal, conversation with Mette Sandby and Per Aage Brandt), Copenhagen, Denmark
Charlottenborg Kunsthal (in conversation with Elena Filipovic), Copenhagen, Denmark
Rhode Island School of Design. Providence, RI
2012 WIELS Center for Contemporary Culture, Brussels, Belgium
School of the International Center of Photography, New York, NY
Columbia University, New York, NY
Yale University, New Haven, CT
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
2011 The Garage Center for Contemporary Art in conversation with Tom Eccles. Moscow, Russia
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
University of Southern California. Los Angeles, CA
2009 Les Rencontres de Arles, conversation with Nan Golden, JH Engstrom and Anders Petersen. Arles, France


GRANTS AND RESIDENCIES

2017 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
Ruttenberg Foundation Fellowship, The Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago
2013 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Award
2010 Luma Foundation Grant
2009 Luma Foundation Grant
Jerome Foundation Research Grant
2008 Feldman travel grant, Columbia University
Columbia University Fellowship, Co-curator of the Visiting Artist Lecture Series Fischer-Landau Fellowship
2005 Bakery artist in residence, Portland, Maine
2003 Dactyl Foundation for the Arts Working Grant
2000 Harry Koregian Memorial Scholarship


PROFESSORSHIPS

2015 – 20 Yale University (MFA, Sculpture), Visiting Critic
2019 Princeton University (BFA, Photography), Lecturer Associate Professor
2019 Pratt Institute, Brooklyn (BFA, Photography), Adjunct Professor
2018 The Cooper Union, New York, Howard Wolf Chair in Photography, 2018
2012 – 19 New York University, Steinhardt Department of the Arts (MFA), Professor
2016 – 18 Columbia University, New York, Visiting Professor (BFA) 2008/Visiting Critic (MFA)
2009 – 11 California Institute of the Arts (MFA/BFA), Visiting Professor
2014 – 17 School of Visual Arts (MFA), New York, Adjunct Professor
2011 Fondazione Spinola Banna per l’Arte, Torino, Italy, Visiting Professor
Leigh Ledare
Pretend You're Actually Alive

Published by PPP Editions, in association with Andrew Roth Inc, 2008

Composed in its entirety of photographs, written anecdotes and ephemera, Leigh Ledare’s first book Pretend You’re Actually Alive is a searingly intimate investigation of the artist’s relationship with his mother, a once-promising prodigy ballerina.

Dimensions: 205 × 265 mm
Pages: 244

Out of print

Leigh Ledare
Leigh ledare, et al.

Published by WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, and Mousse, Milan, 2012

Published in conjunction with the exhibition organized by WIELS (8 September – 25 November 2012), in collaboration with the Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (18 January – 12 May 2013).

Dimensions: 197 × 212 mm
Pages: 144

Availabe at Office Baroque Books

Leigh Ledare
Double Bind

Published by mfc-michèle didier, Paris, 2012

Limited edition of 85 sets of 3 volumes and 15 artist’s proofs, numbered and signed by the artist

Set of 3 volumes:
Vol 1 of 3, Husbands: 27.9 × 21.6 cm – 96 pages
Vol 2 of 3, Diptychs: 38.3 × 30 cm – 112 pages + 10 photographs on Baryta paper
Vol 3 of 3, Ephemeras, consisting of 6 revues : 41.3 × 30.9 cm each – 80 pages each
The volumes are inserted in a cardboard slipcase, measuring 46.9 × 35.8 × 7 cm

Available through mfc-michèle didier

Leigh Ledare
Double Bind

Published by A.R.T. PRESS, 2015

The book Double Bind documents conversations between artist Leigh Ledare and art historian Rhea Anastas, provoked by viewing Ledare’s project of the same name.

Dimensions: 152 × 215 mm
Pages: 264

Available at Office Baroque Books

Leigh Ledare
Nicolás Guagnini and Leigh Ledare: Ana and Carl and some other couples

Limited edition of 126 copies, signed and numbered in white marker by the artists.

Dimensions: 12 × 9-1/2 × 1 inches
256 pages printed on an Indigo digital press
Bound without covers and printed on perforated paper, wrapped in a black glassine paper affixed with a wafer seal

Available through Andrew Roth

Leigh Ledare
Between a punk and Picasso: 2019/1998

Limited edition of 100 copies, signed and numbered.

Vertical oblong folio, 14 × 5.25 inches (folded), 28 × 21 inches (unfolded)
Offset printed recto and verso; housed in multi-colored, oversized envelope with wafer and string closure.

Available through Andrew Roth

Leigh Ledare in The Empathy Clinic at National Institute for Experimental Arts, UNSW Galleries, Paddington, NSW, Australia
27 September – 16 November 2019

Leigh Ledare in Acting Out at Hessel Museum, Bard College, Annondale-on-Hudson, NY, USA
22 June – 13 October 2019

Leigh Ledare in Straying from the Line at Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, Germany
13 April – 28 July 2019

Leigh Ledare in Lignes de Vie at Musée d’art Contemporain du Val-de Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine, France
30 March – 29 August 2019

Leigh Ledare in ON FIRE-VULNERABLE FOOTAGE for BASLER DOKUMENTARTAGE 19, It’s the Real Thing_ at SALTS Birsfelden, Basel, Switzerland
11 April – 11 May 2019

Leigh Ledare in Group Therapy at Frye Art Museum, Seattle, USA
15 September 2018 – 6 January 2019

Leigh Ledare in Putting out, at Gavin Brown’s, New York, USA
28 June – 11 August 2018

Leigh Ledare in Defacement at THE CLUB, Tokyo, Japan
14 July – 31 August 2018

Leigh Ledare: The Task at BAM, New York, USA
30 june 2018

Leigh Ledare in Measures of Authority (Selby Nimrod) at Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-On-Hudson, USA
9 April – 27 May 2018

Leigh Ledare in THE PUBLIC BODY .02 (curated by Talia Linz and Alexie Glass-Kantor) at Artspace, Sydney, Australia
28 July – 2 October 2017

Leigh Ledare in The Times at FLAG Art Foundation, New York, USA, 1 June – 11 August 2017

Leigh Ledare in the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
17 March – 11 June 2017

Vokzal, Leigh Ledare at The Box, Los Angeles, USA
1 April – 13 May 2017

Leigh Ledare in Give Me Yesterday (curated by Francesco Zanot) at Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy
21 December 2016 – 14 May 2017

Leigh Ledare in Vocales at CAC Brétigny, Brétigny-sur-Orge, France
4 February – 23 April 2017

Conversation with Liam Gillick, Leigh Ledare and Svetlana Mintcheva at James Fuentes Gallery, New York, USA
Thursday 15 December 2016 at 7:30pm

Screening of The Here and the Now (Zurich 1:1) by Leigh Ledare at Swiss Institute, New York, USA
28 September 2016 at 7pm

Leigh Ledare in Manifesta 11, Zurich, Switzerland
11 June – 18 September 2016

Leigh Ledare in Invisible Adversaries: Marieluise Hessel Collection at Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-On-Hudson, USA
25 June – 18 September 2016

Leigh Ledare in Private Exposure at Sammlung Olbricht, Berlin, Germany
27 April – 22 June 2016

Leigh Ledare in Bread and Roses at Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland
19 February – 1 May 2016

Leigh Ledare and Daniel Sinsel in Un certain regard at Dürst Britt & Mayhew, The Hague, The Netherlands
6 February – 19 March 2016

An Evening with Cleon Peterson and Leigh Ledare, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, USA
14 January 2016 at 6pm

Leigh Ledare in Love at Nymphius Projekte, Berlin, Germany
15 September – 19 December 2015

Leigh Ledare artist lecture at Yale School of Art
2 December 2015 at 2pm

Leigh Ledare in The School of Kyiv – Kyiv Biennial 2015, Kyiv, Ukraine
8 September – 1 November 2015

Leigh Ledare in Chercher le garçon at Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine, France
7 March — 30 August 2015

Leigh Ledare in Books + Talks panel at Artists Space, New York, USA
13 September 2015, 4pm

Leigh Ledare in Sitter at Columbus College of Art and Design’s Canzani Center Gallery, Columbus, USA
23 January – 26 March 2015

Artist Talk by Leigh Ledare at Aperture Foundation, New York
3 February 2015, 6:30pm

Leigh Ledare in It Happens Without You at Kendall Koppe, Glasgow, UK
28 November 2014 – 23 January 2015

Leigh Ledare in La vie domestique (curated by Sandra Patron) at Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux, France
18 october 2014 – 18 january 2015

Leigh Ledare in Walk-ins Welcome at Marlborough Broome Street, New York, USA
12 September – 12 October 2014

Leigh Ledare with Nicolás Guagnini, Ana and Carl and some other couples, Max Mayer, Dusseldorf, Germany
12 September – 12 October 2014

Leigh Ledare in Simulacra, Galerie Max Mayer, Düsseldorf, Germany
22 March – 3 May 2014

Leigh Ledare, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, USA
21 March – 26 April 2014

Leigh Ledare in Bad Conscience (curated by John Miller) at Metro Pictures, New York, USA
16 January – 22 February 2014

Leigh Ledare in Home Truths: Photography and Motherhood (curated by Susan Bright) at The Photographer’s Gallery, London, UK
11 October 2013 – 5 January 2014

Leigh Ledare in Lips Painted Red at Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Trondheim, Norway
11 June – 15 September 2013

Leigh Ledare in Museum of Modern Art and Western Antiquities Department of Light Recordings, Section IV: Lens Drawings at Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France
28 June – 2 August 2013

Leigh Ledare at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark
18 January – 12 May 2013

Leigh Ledare in Nevermore at On Stellar Rays, New York, USA
2 February – 10 March 2013

Michel Auder and Leigh Ledare in Privacy, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
1 November 2012 – 3 February 2013

Sam Adams, ‘The Task is a Movie That Makes You Feel Like You’re Being Watched’, Slate, March 2018

Steel Stillman, ‘Leigh Ledare: In The Studio’, Art In America, December 2017

Lori Waxman, ‘Leigh Ledare film premiere at the Art Institute is both awful and spellbinding’, Chicago Tribune, November 2017

Rhea Anastas and Leigh Ledare, ‘DOUBLE BIND: An Excerpt’, The Brooklyn Rail, February 2016

‘Interview: Leigh Ledare by Chris Kraus’, Bomb Magazine, Summer 2015

‘“Leigh Ledare, et al.” at WIELS, Brussels’, Mousse Magazine, 27 November 2012