Lynn Hershman Leeson. The Complete Electronic Diaries. 1984-1996

Lynn Hershman Leeson The Complete Electronic Diaries 1984-1996

  • MoMA, Floor 2, 208 The David Geffen Wing

Hershman Leeson asks, “Where does performance begin and ordinary life give way? Or is all of life a performance?” Here Hershman Leeson chronicles the artist’s life as she speaks into the camera about trauma, anxieties, and obsessions. The story that unfolds over the course of the four-part work is an honest, intimate view into Hershman Leeson’s experiences. Yet the film also demonstrates the gap between the artist’s real and virtual selves, and her struggle with authenticity as she tapes her innermost thoughts. Sometimes she cuts, multiplies, and mirrors her own image, documenting the struggle to articulate her identity in a video meant to be broadcast to the public.

Gallery label from 2019
Medium
Video (color, sound)
Duration
76 min.
Credit
The Modern Women's Fund
Object number
573.2012
Copyright
© 2020 Lynn Hershman Leeson
Department
Media and Performance
Licensing

If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA’s collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

All requests to license audio or video footage produced by MoMA should be addressed to Scala Archives at firenze@scalarchives.com. Motion picture film stills or motion picture footage from films in MoMA’s Film Collection cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. For licensing motion picture film footage it is advised to apply directly to the copyright holders. For access to motion picture film stills please contact the Film Study Center. More information is also available about the film collection and the Circulating Film and Video Library.

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication or moma.org, please email text_permissions@moma.org. If you would like to publish text from MoMA’s archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to archives@moma.org.

Feedback

This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to digital@moma.org.