Ellen Lesperance

Current and Upcoming exhibitions

Nashashibi/Skaer Thinking Through Other Artists

Tate St. Ives, Cornwall, UK

10.20.18 - 1.06.19

Half of the Picture: A Feminist Look at the Collection

Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

08.31.18 - 03.31.19

New Materialism

Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

09.04.18 - 11.11.18

Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, and Resistance

Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK 

10.27.18 - 01.27.19

Women. Now.

Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, NY

08.26.18 - 2.18.19

To Make Wrong/Right/Now

Honolulu Biennial, Honolulu, HI

03.08.19 - 05.05.19

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September 2018 Solo: "Lily of the Arc Lights" Reviewed in the New York Times

Jillian Steinhauer writes on my September 2018 solo exhibition at Derek Eller Gallery, NYC: “Speaking about Greenham, a former protester once said, 'We weaponized traditional notions of femininity.' Ms. Lesperance continues the crusade in the realm of art."

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September 2018 solo: "Lily of the Arc Lights" Reviewed in Artillery Magazine

Arthur Ivan Bravo reviews my NYC solo show at Derek Eller Gallery in the Nov/Dec 2018 painting issue of the magazine.

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September 2018 solo: "Lily of the Arc Lights" Reviewed in the Brooklyn Rail

Hovey Brock writes: "The ten shimmering gouaches at Ellen Lesperance’s solo show at Derek Eller Gallery introduce an artist whose execution and ideas complement each other with rare precision."


"Pattern Recognition," frieze issue 189

Jennifer 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."


Makers, Crafters, Educators: Working for Cultural Change

My essay on the visual tactics of the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp acivists, "Considerations of Equity in Feminist Visual Tactics," is published in a new book by Routledge (edited by Elizabeth Garber, Lisa Hochtritt, and Manisha Sharma).

Recent Exhibition Archive

Lily of the Arc Lights

Solo exhibition at Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY

September 2018

Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon

Group exhibition: The New Museum, New York, NY

September 2017 - January 2018

The Subjects and W.I.T.C.H. 1985

Solo exhibitions at the Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon with corresponding novel publication (available below)

August - November, 2017

Thread Lines

Traveling group exhibition: The Drawing Center, New York, NY; Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY

2014, 2017

Run Now Women, XO!

Solo exhibition at Gallery Anne De Villepoix, Paris, FR


Ellen Lesperance and Helen Mirra, Traversing

2-person exhibition, The Armory, Pasadena, CA


Peace Camps


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My 130 page, soft cover novel with illustrations by artist Jeffry Mitchell, printed by Container Corps, Portland, Oregon in a signed and numbered, 2017 limited edition of 250. Still available.

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