Leigh Ledare

Leigh Ledare

Born 1976 in Seattle, Washington
Lives and works in New York City




Columbia University, MFA 2008
Rhode Island School of Design, BFA 2000
University of Washington, 1994-1997



The Plot, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL - USA 
, The Box, Los Angeles - USA

Place Du Jardin Aux Fleurs, Office Baroque Gallery, Brussels – BEL 
The Here and The Now, Manifesta 11, Zurich - CHE

Double Bind, Art Unlimited at ARt Basel, curated by Gianni Jetzer, Basel - CHE

Ana and Carl, and Some Other Couples (with Nic Guagnini), Max Mayer Gallery, Dusseldorf - DE
Leigh Ledare
, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York - USA
Ana and Carl, and Some Other Couples (with Nic Guagnini), Andrew Roth, New York - USA

An Invitation, Reception, Berlin - DE
Leigh Ledare, et al. 
(solo survey), Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen - DE

Double Bind Publication,
Michele Didier Gallery, Paris – FR
Leigh Ledare, et al.
(solo survey), WIELS, curated by Elena Filipovich – BE
An Invitation
, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London – UK
Leigh Ledare, The Box, Los Angeles – USA
Something Might Have Been Better than Nothing… (with Per Billgren), RECEPTION, Berlin – DE

Double Bind, The Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture, Moscow – RUS
Double Bind, Prix Decouvert. Les Rencontres d’Arles, curated by Ruf, Obrist, Eccles, Parreno and Gillich, Paris – FR
The Confectioner’s Confectioner, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London – UK
Too Late and Later, Rod Bianco Gallery, Oslo – NOR
Le Tit, Guido Costa Projects, Turin – IT 

Leigh Ledare, Les Rencontres de Arles, Arles – FR 

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



Between a Punk and Picasso, essay and photographs broadsheet, published by PPP Editions/Andrew Roth

Double Bind (Leigh Ledare in conversation with Rhea Anastas) A.R.T. Press
Artist edition for A.R.T. Press

Ana and Carl, and Some Other Couples (with Nic Guagnini), published by PPP Editions/Andrew Roth

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, Brussels
An Invitation published by Leroy Neiman Center for Print Studies, Comumbia University, New York

A Modest Exchange artist edition curated by Tom Eccles for Invisible Exports, New York

Pretend You’re Actually Alive, published by PPP Editions/Andrew Roth, New York



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


Straying from the Line, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin - DE
Acting Out, Center for Curitorial Studies, Bard College, New York - US

Measures of Authority, with Chris Kraus and Terence Sellers, Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-On-Hudson - USA
Frieze New York, The Box, main section

THE PUBLIC BODY 2.0, Artspace, Sydney – AUS
Whitney Biennial
, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York - USA
Roberte Ce Soir: Pierre Klossowski, Schinkel Pavillion, Berlin - DE
Ana and Carl, and Some Other Couples, Sammlung Philara Collection, Dusseldorf - DE
Vocales, CAC Bretigny, Bretigny-sur-Orge - FR
Feedback, Marlborough Chelsea, New York - USA

Give Me Yesterday, curated by Francesco Zanot, Fondazione Prada, Milan - IT
An Invitation, Sammlung Philara Collection, Dusseldorf - DE
Private Exposure, Sammlung Olbricht Collection, Berlin - DE
Invisible Adversaries: Marieluise Hessel Collection, Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-On-Hudson - USA
Manifesta 11, The European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Zurich - CHE
Un Certain Regard, Durst, Britt & Mayhew, The Hague - NL
Bread and Roses: Artists and the Class Divide, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw - PL
Love, Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York - USA

Love, Nymphius Projekt, Berlin - DE
The School of Kyiv - Kyiv Biennial 2015, Kyiv - UKR
Sexe, Beatitude et Logique
, Michele Didier, Paris – FR
Sitter, Canzani Center Gallery at Columbus College of Art & Design, Ohio – USA
Between Strength and Crisis, LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz – AUT 

Boys Don’t Cry, Musee D’art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne – FR
La Vie Domestique, Parc Saint Leger Centre D’Art Contemporain. Porugues-les-Eaux, – FR
Kendall Koppe Gallery (with Charlotte Prodger, Michael Fullterton and Nicholas Duschayes), Glasgow
Bad Conscience, curated by John Miller. Metro Pictures, New York – USA
Paperwork: A Brief History of Artists’ Scrapbooks. ICA, London – UK
Simulacrum (with Pierre Klossowski, Dan Graham and others), Max Mayer Gallery, Dusseldorf – DE
Layers Thaw, Minerva Gallery. Sydney -AU
Ana and Carl and some other couples (with Nic Guagnini), Andrew Roth Gallery, New York – USA
Ana and Carl and some other couples (with Nic Guagnini), Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair, Los Angeles – USA

Home Truths,
curated by Susan Bright. Photographers’ Gallery, London – UK
Paperwork: A Brief History of Artists’ Scrapbooks. New York’s Artist’s Book Fair, PS1/MoMa
5th Moscow Bienniale, Special Project curated by Ami Barak, Pomeranz Collection – RUS
News/Prints: Printmaking & The Newspaper. International Print Center, New York – USA
9 Ways to Say it’s Over, curated by Natasha Cox and Keira Greene, Farringdon Street, London – UK
Revelations, curated by Thea Westreich and Susan Modica. Stonescape, Calistoga, CA – USA
Museum of Modern Art and Western Antiquities: Lens Drawings, curated by Jens Hoffman, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris – FR
Lips Painted Red. Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Trondheim – NO
Secession Secession. Fitzroy Gallery, New York – USA
Paperwork: A Brief History of Artists’ Scrapbooks. Andrew Roth Gallery, New York – USA
Nevermore. On Stellar Rays Gallery, New York – USA

Privacy curated by Dr. Martina Weinhart, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt – DE
Take Off Your Silver Spurs and Help Me Pass The Time, curated by Gerold Miller, Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska, Salzburg – AT
Collaborations & Interventions, CCA Andratx, Mallorca – Spain

Martin Parr’s Best Books of the Decade, National Photographic Archive, Dublin -IE
A Hole Is to DIg, Office Baroque Gallery, Antwerp – BE
Miguel Abreu Gallery. Curated by Nicolas Guagnini, New York – USA
Cult of the Ruin: Strategies of Accumulation, UC Irvine, Irvine, California – USA
LAXART Curator’s Choice Video Show, LAXART, Los Angeles – USA
Sex Drive, Haverford College, Haverford, PA – USA
Home Videos, Leigh Ledare and Kenneth Tam, Loisaida, NY – USA

How Soon is Now, The Garage CCC, Moscow Russia, Curated by Beatrix Ruf, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Tom Eccles, Liam Gillick, Philippe Parreno – RUS
Les Rencontres d’Arles, curated by Beatrix RufHans Ulrich Obrist, Tom Eccles, Liam Gillick, Philippe Parreno – FR
Greater New York 2010, curated by Klaus Biesenbach, Neville Wakefield and Connie Butler, P.S. 1 MoMA, New York – USA
So Be It: Interventions in Printed Matter, Andrew Roth Gallery, New York – USA

Dance, Sons and Daughters, Dance! The Physics Room, Christchurch – NZ
Selected Works curated by Laurie Simmons, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, NY
Prague Biennale 4, Prague – CZ
Re-Gift, curated by John Miller, Swiss Institute, NY – USA
House Call, Three’s Company, Leigh Ledare, Rich Aldrich, Lisa Tan. New York – USA
Ca Me Touche, curated by Nan Goldin, with JH Engstrom, Anders Petersen, BorisMikhailov, Jack Pierson, David Armstrong, and others. Arles – FR
N-1, curated by Gandalf Gavan, Patino Foundation, Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Freeway Balconies, curated by Collier Schorr, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin – DE
Open Secret, International Center of Photography, New York – USA
Swiss Institute benefit auction, Swiss Institute, New York – USA
Colette, Paris – FRCloser 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, Oregon – USA
Blindspot Benefit Auction, David Zwirner Gallery, New York – USA
Kevin Zucker, Sentimental Education, (contributor), 11 Rivington, NY, October


Stalemate. Jutta Koetter, Christian Jankowski, Carter Mull, Cory Arcangel, Christian Holstad,  Dash Snow and others. Leroy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University. New York – USA 



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



Whitney Museum of American Art, conversation on Andy Warhol with Lynne Tilmann, New York, NY
UPenn screening series (co-curator) (The Task, screening and conversation with Homay King) Rijksakademie (screening of The Task), Amsterdam, Netherlands
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
Hessel Museum/Bard CCS (conversation with Lynn Tilmann and Lyle Ashton Harris around Acting Out, curated by Leigh Ledare and Tom Eccles), Bard College, Annondale-on-Hudson, NY

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

The Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
Yale University, New Haven, CT

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

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, Los Angeles, CA
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

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

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

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

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

Les Rencontres de Arles, conversation with Nan Golden, JH Engstrom and Anders Petersen. Arles, France



John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship 
Ruttenberg Foundation Fellowship, The Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago

New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Award

Luma Foundation Grant

Luma Foundation Grant 
Jerome Foundation Research Grant

Feldman travel grant, Columbia University   
Columbia University Fellowship, Visiting Artist Lecture Series Curator
Fischer-Landau Fellowship



Yale University (MFA, Sculpture), Visiting Critic, 2015-2020
The Cooper Union, New York, Howard Wolf Chair in Photography, 2018
New York University, Steinhardt Department of the Arts (MFA). Adjunct Professor, 2012-2019 
Columbia University, New York, Visiting Professor (BFA) 2008/Visiting Critic (MFA) 2016-2018
School of Visual Arts (MFA), New York. Adjunct Professor, 2014-2017
California Institute of the Arts (MFA/BFA), Visiting Professor, 2009-2011
Fondazione Spinola Banna per l’Arte,,Torino, Italy, Visiting Professor, Spring 2011 

Mar 14 2017pdflink

The New Whitney Biennial Is The Most Politically Charged in Decades


by Jerry Saltz

full article here

Jul 10 2014pdflink

Leigh Ledare

Double Blind at Mitchell-Innes & Nash

By Jonathan T.D. Neil

ArtReview, Summer 2014 

Mar 19 2014link

Unknown Pleasures: In Recent Photographs, Artist Leigh Ledare Moves Beyond His Mother

By Zoe Lescaze


Feb 25 2013pdflink

Even Oedipus wouldn’t do this

The Copenhagen Post 

By Jessica H

25 February 2013

May 5 2012pdflink

Art review: Leigh Ledare at the Box

By Leah Ollman
The Los Angeles Times: Culture Monster
5 April 2012
May 1 2012pdflink

Art Review: Leigh Ledare

By Andrew Berardini
Issue 59, May 2012
Apr 12 2012pdflink

Leigh Ledare at the Box

By Andrew Berardini
LA Weekly
12 April 2012
Apr 12 2019

Leigh Ledare at Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin

Leigh Ledare is featured in the group exhibition Straying from the Line

April 13 – July 28, 2019

Opening: Friday, April 12 at 6pm

at Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, Germany


details here

Sep 9 2017

Leigh Ledare: The Plot opening at Art Institute Chicago September 9

September 9 - December 31, 2017

Ruttenberg Contemporary Photography Series

Art Institute Chicago

Gallery 188


Nov 5 2015

Double Bind book launch & conversation with Leigh Ledare, Rhea Anastas, Andrew Freeman & Liz Kotz

Thursday, November 5 at 7pm at The Box


We are thrilled to invite you to join us and A.R.T. Press to celebrate the Los Angeles release of Double Bind by Leigh Ledare and Rhea Anastas at The Box on Thursday, November 5 at 7pm. 

The event is free and will feature a conversation between the authors, Andrew Freeman and Liz Kotz, followed by book signing and refreshments. Copies of Double Bind will be available for purchase.
Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis so please arrive 5 minutes early. 


Facebook event HERE

Apr 26 2014

Leigh Ledare at Paris Photo Los Angeles

Saturday, April 26 at 2:00 PM


Sound And Vision - The Conversations

The Conversations, organized by independent curator Douglas Fogle, will offer visitors multiple intellectual perspectives on the use of images by bringing together notable curators and contemporary artists for a discussion of the practice of image-making. Participants will include artists and curators: Walead Beshty, Simon Castets, Doryun Chong, Charlotte Cotton, Clara Kim, Florian Maier-Aichen, Jean-Luc Moulène, Leigh Ledare, Amanda Ross-Ho, Stephen Shore, Taryn Simon, Agnès Sire, Frances Stark, Kevin Tent, Kerry Tribe, Sara VanDerBeek, Philippe Vergne and Jeff Wall.


Click HERE for more information on Paris Photo Los Angeles

Oct 29 2012

Leigh Ledare, et al. at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre

The exhibition Leigh Ledare, et al. has been extended through January 2, 2012 due to positive reviews. A selection of texts, and a preview of the exhibition are below. 
WIELS presents the first institutional solo exhibition of Ledare’s work, a survey of over 100 pieces, with examples from nearly all of his series to date, along with video works, text-based pieces, as well as a number of new pieces. 
354 avenue Van Volxem, 1190 Brussels
For further information, please go here