Film Series

Techno Reveries and Alter Egos: The Films of Lynn Hershman Leeson

Mar 04 2017
Mar 25 2017

In conjunction with LYNN HERSHMAN LEESON: CIVIC RADAR, YBCA presents all four feature films by this remarkable and visionary artist.

These movies expand on many of the themes of her visual art and interactive projects, playfully upending cinematic traditions with artistic approaches rooted in cutting-edge technology and feminist activism and theory. Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton is prominent among Hershman Leeson’s collaborators on these films, which also feature many other Bay Area-based artists.

Receive free gallery admission to Lynn Hershman Leeson: Civic Radar when you purchase a film ticket.

Screening on Saturdays in March

!Women Art Revolution – Sat, Mar 4, 2PM
Teknolust – Sat, Mar 11, 2PM
Conceiving Ada – Sat, Mar 18, 2PM
Strange Culture – Sat, Mar 25, 2PM


Regular Admission: $10

Student, Senior, Teacher: $9
Available in advance at our Box Office or by phone: 415-978-2787

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Individual level and above: $8

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About the Artist

Portrait of Lynn Hershman Leeson by Lisa Blatt. Courtesy the artist.

Over the last five decades, artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson has received international acclaim for her art and films. She is recognized for her innovative work investigating issues that are now recognized as key to the workings of society: the relationship between humans and technology, identity, surveillance, and the use of media as a tool of empowerment against censorship and political repression. She is considered one of the most influential media artists and has made pioneering contributions in photography, video, film, performance, installation, and interactive as well as net-based media art.

Her activist films on injustice within the art world and society at large have been praised worldwide. !Women Art Revolution! won first prize in the Montreal Festival for Films on Art and was hailed by the Museum of Modern Art as one of the three best documentaries of 2012. Holland Cotter of the New York Times called it “the most comprehensive documentary ever made on the feminist art movement.” Her 2009 film Strange Culture—which the New York Times deemed “the perfect balance of form and content” and The Nation called “a brilliant and moving examination of fear and its manipulation”—resulted in the release of an artist facing a prison sentence of 23 years.


Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.

YBCA Programs in 16-17 are made possible in part by:
The James Irvine Foundation

Additional Funding for YBCA Programs 16-17:
National Endowment for the Arts, Adobe, Abundance Foundation, Gaia Fund, Grosvenor, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

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Lynn Hershman Leeson: Civic Radar is curated by Peter Weibel and Andreas Beitin, and organized by ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe. The presentation at YBCA is organized by Lucía Sanromán, Director of Visual Arts, YBCA.

YBCA Exhibitions 2016–2017 are made possible, in part, by: Mike Wilkins and Sheila Duignan, Meridee Moore and Kevin King, and the Creative Ventures Council.

YBCA Programs 2016-2017 are made possible, in part, by: The James Irvine Foundation.

Additional Funding for YBCA Programs 2016–2017: National Endowment for the Arts, Adobe, Abundance Foundation, Gaia Fund, Grosvenor, and members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Free First Tuesdays underwritten by Directors Forum.

Lead Image: Courtesy Zeitgeist Films

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