Lynn Hershman Leeson “Twisted”
The New Museum, NYC
June 30th – October 3rd, 2021
The New Museum has announced its Summer 2021 exhibitions, lead by new media artist Lynn Hershman Leeson with her first solo exhibit Twisted. Covering her storied career with works ranging from the 1960s to a new commission, Twisted Gravity (2020-21), from which the current exhibit derives its name, Twisted aims to “trace the ever-intertwined relationship between the technological and the corporeal, illuminating the political and social consequences of scientific advances on our most intimate lives.”
Hershman Leeson’s ground-breaking work marries technology and media, commenting on the evolving human condition. Her work legitimizes the continued success of digital and new media art. With the New Museum’s newly-opening exhibit, audiences are invited to see key moments in her evolutions, with over sixty early drawings and wax-cast sculptures from the 1960s, her well-known durational performance project Roberta Breitmore series (1972–79), selections from her series Water Women (1976–present), Phantom Limb (1985–88), and Cyborg (1996–2006), among others, as well as video works from the 1970s through the present.
The exhibit also features Hershman Leeson’s ongoing current project, The Infinity Engine (2014-present), inspired by genetics laboratories, and explores the impact of genetic engineering on society through a multimedia installation. The aforementioned Twisted Gravity (2020-21) was created in collaboration with Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, and aims at incorporating new technologies to purify water.
The New Museum has also announced three accompanying exhibits alongside Lynn Hershman Leeson’s Twisted to round out its Summer 2021 exhibitions. The Third Floor houses Wong Ping: Your Silent Neighbor, which is the first American survey of work by the Hong Kong-based artist. Ed Atkins: Get Life/Love’s Work will also be exhibiting a new set of film and text-based works by the acclaimed British artist. These are joined by This End the Sun a collaborative exhibition by artists Maryam Hoseini, Rindon Johnson, and Jordan Strafer, which will be on view in the New Museum’s Lobby Gallery. All exhibitions run from June 30th until October 3rd, 2021.
Tickets for the New Museum can be purchased here.