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7:00–9:00 pm Hirshhorn Insider Member Preview

RSVP is essential. This invitation is non-transferable.

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Simone Leigh will survey approximately twenty years of highly disciplined production in ceramic, bronze, video, and installation. Accompanied by a major monograph, Simone Leigh offers visitors a timely opportunity to gain a holistic understanding of the complex and profoundly moving work of this groundbreaking artist.

Simone Leigh is organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston and Eva Respini, Deputy Director and Director of Curatorial Programs, Vancouver Art Gallery (former Barbara Lee Chief Curator at the ICA/Boston), with Anni A. Pullagura, Assistant Curator, ICA/Boston. Its presentation at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is coordinated by Curator Anne Reeve, with support from Curatorial Assistant CJ Greenhill Caldera. The exhibition will tour jointly to the California African American Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art from June 2024—January 2025.


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With warmest thanks, the ICA/Boston gratefully acknowledges the following philanthropic partners for their magnificent support of Simone Leigh.


Major support is provided by the Ford Foundation and the Mellon Foundation.

Lead corporate support is provided by eu2be.

Generous support is provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Paul and Catherine Buttenwieser, Girlfriend Fund, and Wagner Foundation


Leadership gifts are provided by Amy and David Abrams, Stephanie Formica Connaughton and John Connaughton, Bridgitt and Bruce Evans, James and Audrey Foster, Agnes Gund, Jodi and Hal Hess, Hostetler/Wrigley Foundation, Barbara and Amos Hostetter, Brigette Lau Collection, Henry Luce Foundation, Kristen and Kent Lucken, Tristin and Martin Mannion, Ted Pappendick and Erica Gervais Pappendick, Gina and Stuart Peterson, Helen and Charles Schwab, and the Terra Foundation for American Art

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Essential support is also provided by Suzanne Deal Booth, Kate and Chuck Brizius, Richard Chang, Karen and Brian Conway, Steven Corkin and Dan Maddalena, Federico Martin Castro Debernardi, Jennifer Epstein and Bill Keravuori, Esta Gordon Epstein and Robert Epstein, Negin and Oliver Ewald, Alison and John Ferring, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman, Vivien and Alan Hassenfeld and the Hassenfeld Family Foundation, Peggy J. Koenig and Family, The Holly Peterson Foundation, David and Leslie Puth, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Leslie Riedel and Scott Friend, Mark and Marie Schwartz,  Kim Sinatra, Tobias and Kristin Welo, Lise and Jeffrey Wilks, Kelly Williams and Andrew Forsyth, Nicole Zatlyn and Jason Weiner, Jill and Nick Woodman, Marilyn Lyng and Dan O’Connell, Komal Shah and Gaurav Garg Foundation, Kate and Ajay Agarwal, Eunhak Bae and Robert Kwak, Jeremiah Schneider Joseph, Barbara H. Lloyd, Cynthia and John Reed, and anonymous donors.


Simone Leigh is presented at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden through the generous lead support of Sandra Masur and Scott Spector.  Major support has been provided by Eric and Cheryl McKissack, Bridgitt and Bruce Evans, and Kimberly and Rueben Charles. Additional funding was provided by the Hirshhorn International Council and Hirshhorn Collectors’ Council.

This project received Federal support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative Pool, administered by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum and the Smithsonian’s Women’s Committee.

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Simone Leigh, Herm (Detail), (2023). Bronze, 98 x 30 x 28 inches (249 x 76 x 71 cm). ©Simone Leigh, Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery. Photo by Timothy Schenck.


November 2, 2023
7:00 pm–9:00 pm
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