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



Group Therapy, Frye Art Museum, Seattle - USA (August 25)
Defacement, The Club, Tokyo - JA (July)



The Plot, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago - 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

Leigh Ledare, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York - USA

An Invitation, Reception, Berlin - DE
Leigh Ledare, et al.
, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen - DE

Leigh Ledare- Double Bind,
Michele Didier Gallery, Paris – FR
Leigh Ledare, et al.
, 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 

Pretend You’re Actually Alive, 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



Straying from the Line, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, Germany

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 - USA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles - USA
Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York - USA
Centre Pompidou, Paris - FR
Fotomuseum Winterthur - CH



Frieze conversations: Leigh Ledare and Paul McCarthy moderated by Chrissie Iles, Frieze, New York - USA
Paris Photo LA: Leigh Ledare and Frances Stark moderated by Douglas Fogel, Los Angeles - USA
WIELS Center for Contemporary Culture, Brussels - BEL
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut - USA
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California - USA
New York City Public Library, panel moderated by Christophe Cherix, with Andrew Roth, Alex Kitnick, and Phil Aarons, coinciding with Paperwork: A Brief History of Artists' Scrapbooks, New York - USA
State Academy of Arts and Design, Stutgart - DE
Charlottenborg Kunsthal: Leigh Ledare in conversation with Mette Sandby and Per Aage Brandt, Copenhagen - DK
The Garage Center for Contemporary Art: Leigh Ledare in conversation with Tom Eccles. Moscow - RU
Charlottenborg Kunsthal: Leigh Ledare in conversation with Elena Filipovic, Copenhagen - DK
Columbia University, New York - USA
University of Southern California, Los Angeles - USA
Otis College of the Arts, Los Angeles - USA
California College of the Arts, Oakland - USA
University of California, Riverside - USA
School of Visual Arts, New York - USA
School of the International Center of Photography, New York - USA
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence - USA
Princeton University, Princeton - USA
Panel on Robert Heinecken moderated by Eva Respini: SVA, New York - USA
Aperture Foundation, New York - USA



2015-2016       Visiting Critic, Yale University MFA, Sculpture
2014-2015       Visiting Professor, School of Visual Arts MFA, New York
2012-2015       New York University, Steinhardt Department of the Arts MFA
2011                Visiting Professor, Fondazione Spinola Banna per l’Arte, Torino, Italy, Spring
2009-2011       Visiting Professor, California Institute for the Arts, Photography and Media
2008                Visiting Professor, Columbia University, Visual Arts, New York 


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