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Zoe Leonard

Zoe Leonard

Hear New York–based artist Zoe Leonard, the Wexner Center’s 2003–4 Artist Residency Award recipient in visual arts, discuss her expansive practice that brings together photography and sculpture to explore themes of loss, migration, gender, and sexuality in the urban landscape. With a distinctly personal eye, Leonard draws attention to the conditions of politics and of image-making and display, asking the viewer to both reconsider the act of looking and to question the meanings behind familiar images and objects. Leonard’s visit coincides with the arms ache avid aeon: Nancy Brooks Brody / Joy Episalla / Zoe Leonard / Carrie Yamaoka: fierce pussy amplified season and related programs at Beeler Gallery at Columbus College of Art & Design. The artist was a core member of the queer art collective formed in 1991 to bring attention to lesbian identity and gay rights.

Please note: due to an expected high volume of event traffic on campus, parking is suggested in Arps Garage.

Image: Zoe Leonard, photo: Jana La Brasca.

About the Artist

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Leonard’s numerous significant exhibitions include Zoe Leonard: Survey, a recent career-spanning overview of her work organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles that debuted at the Whitney Museum of American Art in March 2018, and Analogue, a compilation of over 300 images presented at the Wex in 2007. In 2014, Leonard received the Whitney’s Bucksbaum Award for her contribution to that year’s biennial, and she is also the past recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and multiple awards from Creative Capital. In October 2016, a month before the last presidential election, her powerful poem "I want a president" (1992) was installed as a large-scale, wheat-paste poster along the High Line in New York City.

Zoe Leonard at Hauser & Wirth

On Saturday, March 2 at 1 PM, Beeler Gallery presents a symposium with the members of queer art collective fierce pussy. For more information, please visit:

Cosponsored by Ohio State’s Department of Art’s Living Culture Initiative and Visiting Artists Committee.

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Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
Nationwide Foundation


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Zoe Leonard