Ellen Lesperance

Ellen Lesperance

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Current and Upcoming

Ellen Lesperance: Velvet Fist


The Baltimore Museum of Art, 

Baltimore, MA

01.26.20 - 06.26.20

Felix LA


Adams and Ollman 

The Hollywood Roosevelt

Los Angeles, CA

02.13.20 - 02.16.20

Yesterday's Tomorrows: Selections from the Collection 1933-2018


Rose Art Museum 

at Brandeis University

Waltham, MA

02.07.20 - 09.13.20

Making a Better Painting


Lewis and Clark College, Hoffman Gallery

Portland, OR

01.23.20 - 03.15.20

Staying With The Trouble


SMFA/Boston, Tufts University Galleries

Boston, MA

Curated by Kate McNamara

08.01-20- 10.31.20

Together we lie in ditches and in front of machines


Solo, Derek Eller Gallery

New York, NY

September 2020


Early Press for upcoming solo exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art in the Wall Street Journal

"'We Were White and Sleepy Before' -- the Baltimore Museum of Art's Radical Makeover" by Kelly Crow announces the museum's 2020 initiative to exhibit and purchase works only from women artists.

Artnet Selects Ellen Lesperance: Velvet Fist as Not-To-Be-Missed in 2020

Sarah Cascone's list of "21 Highly Anticipated, Mind-Expanding, Museum Exhibitions to Seek Out Across the US in 2020."

Frederick Hammersley Artist Residency

I am honored to have been selected as the 2020 Frederick Hammersley Artist-in-Residence at the Tamarind Institute, and look forward to a summer of lithography in Albuquerque.

2018 solo exhibit: "Lily of the Arc Lights" Reviewed in Artforum

Claire Lehmann reviews my NYC solo exhibition at Derek Eller Gallery in the magazine's December 2018 issue.

Book: Less Is a Bore: Maximalist Art & Design

A multigenerational survey of strategies of pattern and decoration in art and design with a foreword by Jill Medvedow and texts by Jenelle Porter, Elissa Auther, Amy Goldin.

"Pattern Recognition," frieze issue 189

Jen Kabat wrote a features about my work in the September 2017 issue of frieze magazine: "...Lesperance transmits messages about history, feminism and labour through the art of knitting."

Recent Exhibition Archive

Dress Codes: Ellen Lesperance and Diane Simpson

Frye Art Museum, 


August 2019 - January 2020

Less Is A Bore: Maximalist Art & Design

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA

June - September 2019

Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance

Group exhibition: De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, UK; Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK

2018 - 2019

Lily of the Arc Lights

Solo exhibition: Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY

September 2018

New Materialism

Group exhibition: Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

September - November 2018

Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon

Group exhibition: The New Museum, New York, NY

September 2017 - January 2018


Velvet Fist


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NOW AVAILABLE! This 100-page, soft-cover book is published on the occasion of the solo exhibition Ellen Lesperance: Velvet Fist at the Baltimore Museum of Art. It contains an introductory essay, over eighty examples of Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp protest knitwear, and a glossary of symbolism. Printed in January 2020 by Creative Print Group, Baltimore, MD, and available in an edition of 500.

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