As winner of the 2018 Hugo Boss Prize from the Guggenheim, Simone Leigh (b. 1968, Chicago) will be featured in the forthcoming solo exhibition, Loophole of Retreat, opening April 19, 2019 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Additionally, in 2017 Leigh was awarded the Studio Museum in Harlem’s Wein Artist Prize. This June, she will install Brick House, the largest freestanding sculpture yet commissioned by the High Line (for their new, fantastically named “Plinth” program), which will stand in marked contrast to, or perhaps even defiance of, its Hudson Yards architectural surroundings.
Although she considers herself primarily as having an object-based practice, exploring black female subjectivity and ethnography, some of Leigh’s most ambitious works have been in the realm of social practice. One such example was her Free People’s Medical Clinic, part of Creative Time’s sprawling 2014 program Funk, God, Jazz, and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn in conjunction with the Weeksville Heritage Center in Bedford-Stuyvesant. For the 2015 Creative Time Summit, Leigh spoke about the project.