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Lynn Hershman Leeson at Modern Art Oxford

Origins of the Species (Part 2) will convey the diversity of Hershman Leeson’s remarkable oeuvre, 30 May-9 August 2015
Hershman Leeson has received international critical acclaim for a body of work spanning more than fifty years

Modern Art Oxford presents a major solo exhibition of American artist and filmmaker, Lynn Hershman Leeson (b. 1941, Cleveland, Ohio).


 

Evolving from a tradition of installation art and performance with an emphasis on interactivity, Hershman Leeson has received international critical acclaim for a body of work spanning more than fifty years, which combines art with social commentary, particularly the relationship between humans and technology.

This exhibition will convey the diversity of Hershman Leeson’s remarkable oeuvre, including drawings and paintings from the 1960s, performance documentation from the 1970s and 1980s, photographs, moving image, site-specific interventions, and artificial intelligence works from the 1990s.

Hershman Leeson’s work explores questions of privacy in an era of surveillance, the relationship between real and virtual worlds, and the mutability of identity in an ever-changing world.

A cinematic installation, The Infinity Engine, developed by the artist over a number of years with scientists in the USA and recently in the UK with the University of Oxford, combines film, data and sculpture to explore the limits and implications of genetic research. The Infinity Engine takes a critical look at ramifications of manipulation of the genome, creating a multi-platform, immersive environment that explores some of the ethical implications facing society today.

This landmark exhibition will reveal the prescience and continued relevance of Hershman Leeson’s artistic concerns in a presentation of her endlessly inventive and engaging body of work produced in the last fifty years.

Public Preview: Friday 29 May, 6:30pm

Press Preview: Friday 29 May, 11:00am-1:00pm

 

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