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Zoe Leonard, Niagara Falls no.4

Zoe Leonard, Niagara Falls no.4, 1986/1991, gelatin silver print, 37 3/4 x 25 5/8 in. (95.9 x 65.1 cm), courtesy of the artist

Zoe Leonard: Survey

New York–based artist Zoe Leonard (b. 1961) is among the most critically acclaimed artists of her generation. Over the past three decades, she has produced work in photography and sculpture that has been celebrated for its lyrical observations of daily life coupled with a rigorous, questioning attention to the politics and conditions of image making and display.

Zoe Leonard: Survey is the first large-scale overview of the artist’s work in an American museum. The exhibition looks across Leonard’s career to highlight her engagement with a range of themes, including gender and sexuality, loss and mourning, migration, displacement, and the urban landscape. More than it focuses on any particular subject, however, Leonard’s work slowly and reflectively calibrates vision and form. Using repetition, subtle changes of perspective, and shifts of scale, Leonard draws viewers into an awareness of the meanings behind otherwise familiar images or objects. A counter-example to the speed and disposability of image culture today, Leonard’s photographs, sculptures, and installations ask the viewer to reengage with how we see.

Curator: Bennett Simpson
Curatorial Associate: Rebecca Matalon

Lead support is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Major support is provided by Hauser & Wirth, and MOCA Projects Council.

Additional support is provided by the 2017 Drawings & Photography Committee, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco, and Karyn Kohl.

Exhibitions at MOCA are supported by the MOCA Fund for Exhibitions with lead annual support provided by Sydney Holland, founder of the Sydney D. Holland Foundation. Generous funding is also provided by Judith and Alexander Angerman, Delta Air Lines, Nathalie Marciano and Julie Miyoshi, and Jerri and Dr. Steven Nagelberg.