Celebrate of the opening of Lynn Hershman Leeson: Civic Radar. Be among the first to see the only presentation in the Americas of this acclaimed retrospective! We’ll screen Hershman Leeson’s films throughout the night, with sounds and music provided by DJ Irwin Swirnoff!
It is often said that artists are visionaries who show us a path towards the future, but very few artists fit this description as well as Lynn Hershman Leeson. A pioneer of performance and conceptual art, Lynn Hershman Leeson has continually examined our relationship to technology. Her work reflects a fascination with the construction of identity and the use of media and technology as tools for empowerment against censorship and repression. Hershman Leeson has been, and continues to be, a strong voice in the feminist movement. The presentation of Civic Radar at YBCA focuses on Hershman Leeson’s investigations of identity and the relationship between the viewer and various modes of surveillance, while also acknowledging her contributions to the field of performance and her commitment to socially engaged practices. The exhibition includes a significant portion of the long-term Roberta Breitmore performance project, along with many of her groundbreaking technological works, including Lorna (1984), Room of One’s Own (1993), and the film Teknolust (2002). Hershman Leeson’s recent work addresses the influence of digital culture on our most intimate selves, as well as the latest developments in regenerative medicine and genetics research, including 3D bioprinters that re-create human body parts. The exhibition will feature a new large-scale installation of Infinity Engine (2014), an interactive work first prototyped at YBCA in the 2013 exhibition Dissident Futures, that re-creates a functional genetics lab to generate infinite narratives about the future of the human species in the post–genetic engineering age.