Biography

b. 1941 in Cleveland, Ohio
Lives and works in San Francisco, CA

Chair of the Film Department at the San Francisco Art Institute
Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Davis
A.D. White Professor at Large at Cornell University

Education
Bachelor of Science in Education, Museum Administration and Fine Arts from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland (1963)
Master of Fine Arts from San Francisco State University (1972)

Awards
2010
dam digital art award, awarded by Digital Art Museum [DAM], honoring her lifework
2009
Lifetime Achievement Award, Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques (ACM SIGGRAPH), New Orleans
Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts: Film, awarded by John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York
Individual Artist Commissions Award, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco
2008
Creative Capital Grant for !Women Art Revolution!
2007 Marlon Riggs Award, awarded by San Francisco Film Critics Circle, honoring a Bay Area filmmaker or individual who represents courage and innovation in cinema
2006
ISEA/ZeroOne, Innovation Matters
2005
National Endowment for the Arts Grant, Media
Stanford University Libraries acquired Hershman archive from 1966-2002 (along with archives of Alan Ginsberg and Buckminster Fuller)
International Digital Media and Arts Association Award for Positive Innovations in Media
2002
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize in Science and Technology, Hamptons International Film Festival, awarded for Teknolust
1999
Golden Nica, Interactive Art, Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria, awarded for The Difference Engine #3
1995
Anne Gerber Award, Seattle Art Museum, awarded for Paranoid Mirror Siemens Media Art Prize, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany (along with Peter Greenaway and Jean Baudrillard)
Cyberstar Award, WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk) Cologne and GMD, Cologne, Germany
Honorable Mention, Interactive Art, Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria, awarded for America’s Finest
1994
Special tribute (Reaching through the Screen: A Tribute to Lynn Hershman), San Francisco International Film Festival; included retrospective of video work
1993
Honorable Mention, Interactive Art, Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria, awarded for Room of One’s Own
1991
Barbara Aronofsky Latham Memorial Award, Art Institute of Chicago, awarded for Conspiracy of Silence
Jonas Mekas Award, Humboldt International Short Film Festival, Arcata, California, awarded for Shadow’s Song
First Prize, Festival Internacional de Video Cidade de Vigo, Vigo, Spain, awarded for Seeing Is Believing
1990
Grand Prize (Trophée de cristal), Montbéliard Video and Television Festival, Montbéliard, France, awarded for Longshot
Prix du public, Festival du nouveau cinéma, Montréal, Canada, awarded for Longshot
1989
Film of the Year, London Film Festival, British Film Institute, awarded for Longshot
1987
Golden Gate Award, San Francisco International Film Festival, awarded for
Confessions of a Chameleon

Solo Shows
2008
Belmar Labs, Denver, CO
Paule Anglim Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Floating Museum Archive, New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA
Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
Found Objects, bitforms gallery, New York
CyberActive: The Work of Lynn Hershman Leeson, The Hess Collection, San Francisco, CA
Lynn Hershman Leeson: No Body Special, DeYoung Museum, San Francisco, CA
2007
Autonomous Agents, Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester, UK.
2006
bitforms gallery, Seoul, Korea
2005
Hershmanlandia, Retrospective, Henry Art Museum, Seattle, WA.
1974-2004
Selected Work, bitforms gallery, New York.
Lynn Hershman, Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA.
2004
Lynn Hershman: Reactive Sculpture and Prints. bitforms, New York.
2002
Lynn Hershman—New Work.Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco.
2001
Lynn Hershman: Media and Identity. Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California, Riverside, CA.
Masquerades, University of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville, NC.
2000
Feminale Film Festival, Cologne, Germany. Featured a tribute to Hershman and a retrospective of her films and videos.
1999
Tribute and Retrospective, The Kitchen, New York.
1996
Lynn Hershman: Captured Bodies of Resistance, Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland.
Lynn Hershman: Captured Bodies of Resistance, Leon Wyczolkowski Regional Museum, Bydgosz, Poland.
Treasures & Visions, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria.
Lynn Hershman: Neue Photos und Videoskulpturen, Lutz Teutloff Galerie, Cologne, Germany.
1995
Virtually Yours: Retrospective of Lynn Hershman, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada.
America’s Finest, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA.
Paranoid Mirror, Seattle Art Museum. Sealttle, WA.
1994
Lynn Hershman, Richard L. Nelson Gallery and The Fine Arts Collection, University of California, Davis, CA.
Electronic Diary, Artists Space, New York.
Room of One’s Own, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH.
1993
The Electronic I, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA.
1992
Lynn Hershman, Centre International de Création Vidéo, Montbéliard-Belfort, France.
1991
Lynn Hershman Retrospective, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.
Deep Contact, International Center of Photography, New York.
Deep Contact: Video Lynn Hershman, Video Galleriet Huset, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Video Viewpoints: Lynn Hershman, Museum of Modern Art, New York.
1990
Lynn Hershman: Photographs Never Lie. Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
1984
Lynn Hershman: Hero Sandwiches,The Alternative Museum, New York.
Lynn Hershman: An Installation of Lorna/The First Interactive Laser Artdisk, Fuller
Goldeen Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
1983
An Environmental “Light” Opera for Fog, Film, and Recombinant News, Chain
Reaction, Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York.
1981
Non-Credited Americans, Wanamaker’s, Philadelphia, PA.
Hero Sandwiches, Annina Nosei Gallery, New York.
1980
One Story Building, Portland Center for the Visual Arts, Portland, OR.
Lynn Hershman, Musée d’Art Moderne, Nice, France
1979
Two Stories Building, San Francisco Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA.
1978
Lynn Hershman Is Not Roberta Breitmore, Roberta Breitmore Is Not Lynn Hershman,
M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA.
Lynn Hershman’s New Works, Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, CA.
1977
Dream Weekend, Melbourne, Australia.
1976
25 Windows: A Portrait of Bonwit Teller, Bonwit Teller, New York.
Selected Past Projects,The Clocktower, Institute for Art and Urban Resources, New York.
1975
Lady Luck: A Double Portrait of Las Vegas, Circus Circus, Las Vegas, NV.
Reforming Familiar Environments, Home of Eleanor and Francis Ford Coppola, San Francisco, CA.
Lynn Hershman, Stefanotty Gallery, New York.
1974
Forming a Sculpture Drama in Manhattan, Hotel Chelsea, Central YWCA, and The Plaza, New York.
1973
The Dante Hotel. Dante Hotel, San Francisco, CA.
1972
Lynn Hershman: Completed Fragments, Berkeley Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, CA.
1970
Lynn Lester Hershman, William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, CA.
1966
Adventure of a Line: Drawing Experiences by Lynn Lester Hershman, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA.
1965
Lynn Lester Hershman, Feingarten Galleries, Los Angeles, CA.

Group Shows
2011
Woman Art Revolution at Sundance Film Festival, Park City Utah
!Woman Art Revolution at Berlinale Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin
2010
Now & When, San Francisco Arts Commission
The Future Lasts Forever, 35th anniversary exhibition of SF Camerawork, San Francisco
2009
The Incheon Digital Arts Festival, Incheon, Korea
Performa 09, New York
Bilderschlachten – 2000 Jahre Nachrichten aus dem Krieg, Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche in Osnabrueck, Germany
2008
The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now, SF MoMA, San Francisco, CA
WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada
DIALOG: Denver, Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO
Zero One San Jose: A Global Festival of Art on the Edge
WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, PS 1, New York
2007
e-art: New Technologies and Contemporary Art - Ten Years of Accomplishments
by the Daniel Langlois Foundation, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Montréal
Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland
Beauty and the Blonde, Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
Taiwan National Museum of Fine Arts
Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal
Video Positive, FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), Liverpool, England
Fast Time Slow Bodies, MoCA Tapei, Taiwan
Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center, New York, NY.
Identity Theft: Eleanor Antin, Lynn Hershman, and Suzy Lake, 1972-78, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA
WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art
WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, National Museum of Women in the Arts, DC
Faith in Exposure, Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam
Berlin Film Festival
San Francisco International Film Festival
New Frontier, Sundance Film Festival, Park City, UT
2006
4th Seoul International Media Art Biennale, Media_City Seoul, Seoul Museum of Art,
Seoul, Korea
Cyberfem. Feminisms in the Electronic Landscape, Espai d’Art Contemporani de
Castelló, Castellón, Spain
Perspectives in New Media, bitforms gallery, Seoul, Korea
Zero One Festival, San Jose Museum of Art, CA
ARCO ’06, Art Fair in Madrid, Spain, with bitforms gallery, New York
All Digital. MOCA Cleveland, OH
L’Altro, lo Stesso, Franco Soffiantino Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy
New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA
Wood Street Gallery, Pittsburgh.
2005
Inaugural Exhibition, bitforms gallery, Seoul, Korea
Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self, San Diego Museum of Art and
The Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; organized by the international
Center for Photography
Upstarts and Matriarchs: Jewish Women Artists and the Transformation…, Mizel
Center for Arts and Culture, Denver, Colorado
Inside Out Loud: Visualizing Women’s Health in Contemporary Art, Mildred Lane
Kemper Art Museum, Washington University, St. Louis
Western Biennale of Art, John Natsoulas Center for the Arts, Davis, California
Techno/ Sublime: An Exhibition + Symposium, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado
at Boulder
2004
Tribeca Film Festival Awards Exhibit, Gallery Viet Nam, New York.
Digital Avant-garde: Celebrating 25 Years of Ars Electronica, Eyebeam, New York.
Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria.
Villette Numerique 2004. Grande Halle, Parc de la Villete, Paris.
Touch and Tempreature, bitforms gallery, New York.
2003
V2_, Rotterdam. Dutch Electronic Art Festival
Vectors: Digital Art of Our Time, 10th New York Digital Salon (at the World Financial
Center Courtyard Gallery and Winter Garden), New York.
Preview, bitforms gallery, New York.
Identitat schreiben/Writing Identity—Autobiographie in der Kunst, Galerie für
Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany.
2002
High Tech/Low Tech Hybrids: Art in a Digital Age, Bedford Gallery, Dean Lesher
Regional Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, California.
I-5 Resurfacing: Four Decades of California Contemporary Art, San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA.
Bay Area Conceptualism, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA.
Parallels and Intersections: Art/Women/California, 1950–2000, San Jose Museum of
Art, San Jose, CA.
e.space. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Die Wohltat der Kunst. Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden, Germany.
PhotoGENEsis: Opus 2. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA.
Crimes and Misdemeanors. Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH.
Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self, International Center of Photography, New York.
Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA.
2001
Beyond Boundaries, The Friends of Photography, San Francisco.
Telematic Connections: The Virtual Embrace, San Francisco Art Institute.
Double Life: Identität und Transformation in der Zeitgenössischen Kuns, Generali
Foundation, Vienna.
Avatars & Others. Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg, Germany.
AKT1/AKT2/AKT3, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna.
Capturing Light: Masterpieces of California Photography, Oakland Museum of
California, Oakland, CA.
2000
Art Entertainment Network/Let’s Entertain. Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.
Ich ist etwas Anderes (The Self Is Something Else). Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-
Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany.
Media_City Seoul 2000, Seoul Metropolitan Museum of Art, Korea.
Made in California, 1900–2000, Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
1999
Connected Cities, Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany.
Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany.
Net_Condition, NTT InterCommunication Center, Tokyo.
Net_Condition, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona.
Ars Electronica 99, Linz, Austria.
Meaning and Message, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA.
Digital Pioneers, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
1998
Out of Actions: Actionism, Body Art & Performance 1949–1979, Museum of
Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Out of Actions: Actionism, Body Art & Performance 1949–1979, MAK-Austrian
Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, Austria.
Out of Actions: Actionism, Body Art & Performance 1949–1979, Museu d'Art
Contemporani, Barcelona, Spain.
Out of Actions: Actionism, Body Art & Performance 1949–1979, Museum of
Contemporary Art, Tokyo.
Avatar: Of Postmodern Times and Multiple Identities. Amsterdam.
Body Méchanique: Artistic Exploration of Digital Realms. Wexner Center for the Arts,
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.
Frauen am Computer, Frauenkino Xenia, Zurich, Switzerland.
1997
Rrose is a Rrose is a Rrose: Gender Performance in Photography, Solomon R.
Guggenheim Museum, New York.
Photography After Photography. Siemens, Munich, Germany.
Photography After Photography, Adelaide Festival, Adelaide, Australia.
Photography After Photography, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
Photography After Photography, Finlands Fotografiska Museum, Helsinki, Finland.
Das Neue Gesicht, Kunstverein Konstanz, Konstanz, Germany.
New Realities: Hand-Colored Photographs 1839 to the Present, University of Wyoming
Art Museum, Laramie, WY.
New Realities: Hand-Colored Photographs 1839 to the Present, Boise Art Museum,
Boise, ID.
New Realities: Hand-Colored Photographs 1839 to the Present, James A. Michener Art
Museum, Doylestown, PA.
New Realities: Hand-Colored Photographs 1839 to the Present, DeCordova Museum
and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA.
New Realities: Hand-Colored Photographs 1839 to the Present, Yellowstone Art
Center, Billings, MT.
Arte Chido, Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City, Mexico.
Interakt! Schlüsselwerke Interaktiver Kunst, April 27–June 15, Wilhelm Lehmbruck
Museum, Duisburg, Germany.
Deep Storage: Arsenale der Erinnerung, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany.
Deep Storage: Collecting, Storing and Archiving in Art, P.S.1, New York.
Deep Storage: Collecting, Storing and Archiving in Art, Henry Art Gallery, University of
Washington, Seattle, WA.
Internationaler Video Kunstpreis. Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM),
Karlsruhe, Germany.
1996
Ich @ Du: Communication and New Media. Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Switzerland.
European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany.
Sexual Politics: Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party in Feminist Art History, Armand
Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, University of California, Los Angeles, CA.
Alternative Spaces/Medienwelten: Kultur im Sommer. Ausstellung Festung
Rüsselsheim, Rüsselsheim, Germany.
Discord, Sabotage of Realities, Kunstverein and Kunsthaus, Hamburg, Germany.
1995
Utopia/Dystopia, SF Camerawork and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA.
New Interactive Art, Centre for Contemporary Art, Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland.
Video Positive, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England.
Siemens Medienkunstpreis, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM),
Karlsruhe, Germany.
New Interactive Electronic Art, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.
Art as Signal, Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL.
Obsessions: From Wunderkammer to Cyberspace, Rijksmuseum Twenthe, Enschede,
The Netherlands.
Cologne Art Fair, Lutz Teutloff Galerie, Cologne, Germany.
Scenes of a Theory: The Artwork as Agent of Filmic Discourse, Depot, Vienna, Austria.
Photography After Photography, Aktionsforum Praterinsel, Munich, Germany.
Photography After Photography, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, Austria.
Städtische Galerie Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany.
Brandenburgische Kunstammlungen, Cottbus, Germany.
Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark.
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland.
1994
ThreeVisions, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge,
MA.
Altered Egos, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA.
Arts Électroniques, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, Montreal, Canada.
Conceptual Art from the Bay Area, Artists Space, New York.
Doors of Perception 2: @Home, RAI Exhibition and Congress Centre, Amsterdam.
Duchamp’s Leg, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.
1993
Diaries: Michel, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA.
Disorderly Conduct, Auder, Sadie Benning, Lynn Hershman, George Kuchar. PPOW,
New York.
Künstliche Spiele, Medienlabor München, Munich, Germany.
Art in the Age of Electronic Media, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA.
1992
“Bitte berühren”: Interaktive Videoinstallationen, Zentrum für Kunst und
Medientechnologie (ZKM), Karlsruhe, Germany.
Through the Looking Glass: Artists’ First Encounters with Virtual Reality, Jack Tilton
Gallery, New York.
Art at the Armory: Occupied Territory, Chicago Avenue Armory, Chicago, IL.
Video and Orality, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada.
1991
Currents, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA.
Interaktiivisen Mediataiteen Näyttely, Gallery Otso, Espoo, Finland.
De-Persona, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA.
Images du Futur ’91, La Cité des Arts et des Nouvelles Technologies, Montreal,
Canada.
1990
Festival of New Journalism, Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY.
Video Witness: Bay Area Media, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San
Francisco, CA.
1989
Ars Electronica 89, Linz, Austria.
Extended Definitions: Video Experiments in Perception, Artists Space, New York.
1988
Identity: Representations of the Self, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Guerilla Art, A Space, Toronto, Canada.
Events by Eight Artists, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY.
1987
Corporate Crime/Malicious Mischief, Power and Mediation: A Fin de Siècle Tautology,
University Art Gallery, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA.
1986
Tecnologia e informatica (part of XLII Biennale di Venezia), Venice, Italy.
Install-video-side, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Bologna, Italy.
1985
Art in the San Francisco Bay Area: 1945–1980, Oakland Museum of California,
Oakland, CA.
1984
What’s Happening: Contemporary Art from California, Oregon, and Washington, The
Alternative Museum, New York.
1983
Inside Self, Someone Else, Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH.
1981
Persona, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York.
ICA Street Sights 2: Non-Credited Americans, Institute of Contemporary Art, University
of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
1980
Women in Performance, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA.
1979
Space, Time, Sound: Conceptual Art in the San Francisco Bay Area, the 1970’s, San
Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA.
1978
Museum des Geldes: über die seltsame Natur des Geldes in Kunst Wissenschaft und
Leben II, Städtische Kunsthalle and Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und
Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany.
1977
American Narrative/Story Art: 1976–1977, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX.
Open to New Ideas: A Collection of New Art for Jimmy Carter, Georgia Museum of Art,
The University of Georgia, Athens, GA.
(H)errata, Angel Island, San Francisco, CA.
1976
Rooms P.S.1., P.S.1, Institute for Art and Urban Resources, New York.
1975
Women, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York.
Images of Women, Linda Ferris Gallery, Seattle, WA.
1974
New Acquisitions, Berkeley Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, CA.
1973
Drawings, Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland.
1972
The Games Show, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA.
1969
Drawings U.S.A.: Fourth Biennial, St. Paul Art Center, St. Paul, MN.
1968
50th May Show: Annual Exhibition of Artists and Craftsmen of the Western Reserve,
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH.