Courtney M. Leonard: Logbook 2004–2023
On view June 10 through November 12, 2023
The Heckscher Museum of Art
Huntington, New York
The Heckscher Museum of Art presents Courtney M. Leonard’s first retrospective. Leonard (Shinnecock, b. 1980) is among the most original and compelling voices in American contemporary art. Her work amplifies Indigenous knowledge and expresses reverence for the earth and sea while advocating for their protection. It engages with Indigenous history, breaks new ground in the disciplines of ceramics and installation art, and underscores the importance of dialogue between indigenous knowledge, marine biology, and other sciences.
Leonard is the Planting Fields Foundation 2023 Catalyst artist and as such, will be creating a site-specific outdoor installation located in the Taxus Field at Planting Fields, Oyster Bay, NY. Both sites, close to Leonard’s ancestral home, address the themes of food and cultural sovereignty.
[Image: Courtney M. Leonard, Mátcík Way, 2005, Ceramics, New York State Museum]