Ellen Lesperance

Current Exhibitions

Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon

New Museum

235 Bowery

New York, NY 10002

9.27.17 - 01.21.18

NADA Miami Beach

Ice Palace Studios

Booth 4.02

Adams and Ollman Gallery 

12.07.17 - 12.10.17

Gallery Céline

493 Victoria Road

Glasgow, UK

02.22.18 - 03.31.18

News And More Information

"Pattern Recognition," frieze issue 189

Read Jennifer Kabat's feature about my work in the September 2017 issue of frieze magazine. She writes: "...Lesperance transmits messages about history, feminism and labour through the art of knitting."

Jerry Saltz on the New Museum's exhibition Trigger

10/23/17 for Vulture: "There are at least a half-dozen artists in the show using fabric, collage, embroidery, and other malleable materials to make art out of bits and pieces so that “Trigger” exhibits a strong subset of artists who indulge a fabulous Proustian drive to devour materials and processes in minutiae — including Ellen Lesperance’s reversal of this process using super-close-up pictures of knitted fabrics to make geometric drawings."

Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon is reviewed in the New York Times

9/28/17: "When It Comes to Gender, Let Confusion Reign" by Holland Cotter, "...the fine netlike patterns in Ellen Lesperance's gouache paintings are inspired by photographic close-ups of clothing worn by female activists, past and present."

Congratulations and Celebrations

A traveling-exhibition-for-one, @congratulationsandcelebrations (Instagram) is a mail art project that asks participants to consider what it means to engage in an act of courage, and then emboldens that act by loaning out a reproduction labrys sweater to wear for its performance. Please consider participating.

Exhibition A

I have a new 24" x 17" archival pigment print available through Exhibition A called The Land of Feminye. It is printed in an edition of 50 and is available now: https://exhibitiona.com/products/land-of-femineye

Adams and Ollman Gallery

I am represented by Adams and Ollman Gallery. Contact Amy Adams at amy@adamsandollman.com for inquiries.

Past Exhibitions (Recent)

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

Solo exhibitions at the Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon.

August - November, 2017

Cynthia Daignault, Dan Fischer, Ellen Lesperance: Makers Catalogue

3-person exhibition, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY 

June - August, 2017

Thread Lines

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

2014, 2017


Group exhibition, Boston University Galleries, Boston, MA

February - March, 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, a novel


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130 page, soft cover novel with illustrations by Seattle-based, self-proclaimed "gay folk artist" Jeffry Mitchell, printed by Container Corps, Portland, Oregon in a signed and numbered, limited edition of 250. Still available.

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Thanks, Ellen Lesperance