Born: Chicago, Illinois, 1968

Resides: Brooklyn, New York

Education: Earlham College (B.A., 1990)


Selected Solo Exhibitions



"Gone South," Atlanta Contemporary Art Center,


"Code Switch," Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco.



"I always face you even when it seems otherwise,"

Tiwani Contemporary, London.

2012 "What's Her Face," Gavlak Gallery, West Palm Beach,


"You Don't Know Where Her Mouth Has Been," The

Kitchen, New York.

"jam packed and jelly tight," Tilton Gallery, New York.



"The Gods Must Be Crazy," SculptureCenter, Queens.

G Fine Art Project Room, Washington, D.C.



Rush Arts Gallery Project Space, New York.



Momenta Art Gallery, Brooklyn.


Selected Group Exhibitions


"Dak'Art 2014," 11th Biennale of Contemporary

African Art, Dakar, Senegal.

"Black in the Abstract, part 2: Hard Edges/Soft

Curves," Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.



"Outside the Lines: Black in the Abstract,"

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.

"To the Power of Two: Yoruba Twin Memorial Figures

of Nigeria," Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles.

"Approximately Infinite Universe," Museum of

Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla.

"Fun House," Richard Gray Gallery, New York.

"March On!" Brooklyn Academy of Music.



"Cleopatra's Family Jewels," Family Business,

New York.

"Radical Presence: Black Performance in

Contemporary Art," Contemporary Arts Museum

Houston. Traveled to the Grey Art Gallery, New York

University; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York;

and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Catalogue.

"Pose / Re-Pose: Figurative Works Then and Now,"

SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia.

"2012 Whitney Biennial," Whitney Museum of

American Art, New York.

"Transforming Function," Building 110, Governor's


"Unevenness," The National Gallery of Zimbabwe,


"In the Making," Roberts and Tilton, Los Angeles.



"The Bearden Project," Studio Museum in Harlem,

New York.

"Evidence of Accumulation," Studio Museum in

Harlem, New York.

"Weltraum/Space – Exploration and Exploitation,"

Kunsthalle Wein, Vienna.

"The February Show," Ogilvy and Mather, New York.



"Else," Jack Tilton Gallery, New York.

"Divine Horsemen," with Chitra Ganesh, Mason

Gross Galleries, Rutgers University, New Brunswick,

New Jersey.

"Digression," Hendershot Gallery, New York.

"Comedy and Tragedy," Marvelli Gallery, New York.

"Bunny Redux," Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh.

"Hair Tactics," Jersey City Museum, New Jersey.



"30 seconds off an inch," Studio Museum in Harlem,

New York.

"Rockstone and Bootheel: Contemporary West Indian

Art," Real Art Ways, Hartford, Connecticut. Catalogue.

"AIM 29," The Bronx Museum of the Arts. Catalogue.



"The Future As Disruption," The Kitchen, New York.

"Scratching the Surface, VOL 1," L'appartement22, Rabat,

Morocco. Traveled to AVA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.


Selected Bibliography


Copeland, Huey. "Radical Presence: Black Performance

in Contemporary Art," Artforum (December).

Frater, Sally. "Chitra Ganesh, Simone Leigh," Modern

Painters (September).

Cross, Una-Kariim A. "The Surrealist Art of Simone

Leigh," Ebony (March 5).

Benway, Nova. "Simone Leigh," The New Yorker (Februray 27).

Kley, Elisabeth. "Simone Leigh: Mouthing Off,"

(January 27).

Caruth, Nicole. "Simone Leigh and the Fruits of Her

Labor," Art21 (January 20).



Cotter, Holland. "A Griot for a Global Village," The New

York Times (December 8).

"Evidence of Accumulation," The New Yorker (September 12).



Cotter, Holland. "Art in Review: ´┐ŻElse,'" The New York Times

(September 24).

2008 Latimer, Quinn. "Introducing Simone Leigh," Modern

Painters (November).

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