Working with photography, sculpture, and site-specific installations, Leslie Hewitt addresses fluid notions of time. Her work oscillates between the illusionary potential of photography and the physical weight of sculpture. In her photographed arrangements, she isolates personal ephemera and the residue of mass culture to consider the fragile nature of quotidian life.


Hewitt studied at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, the Yale University School of Art, and at New York University, where she was a Clark Fellow in the Africana and Visual Culture Studies programs. She was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial and the recipient of the 2008 Art Matters research grant to the Netherlands. A selection of recent and forthcoming exhibitions include the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Studio Museum in Harlem; Artists Space in New York; Project Row Houses in Houston; and LA > < ART in Los Angeles. Hewitt has held residencies at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the American Academy in Berlin, Germany amongst others.

Hewitt was part of the faculty at Barnard College in the department of Art History from  2012 - 2017, where she was actively engaged in the development of the Harlem Semester partnering with the Studio Museum in Harlem.


She is Associate Professor of Art at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and co-organizes the Cooper Union School of Art Intra-Disciplinary Lecture Series with curator and writer Omar Berrada. 

Exhibition Selections

Off The Record

Guggenheim Museum

April 2 - September 27, 2021

Pictures, Revisited

The Metropolitan Museum, New York, NY

October 19, 2020 - May 9, 2021

American Women: Infinite Journey

La Patinoire Royale, Brussels, Belgium

January  01 - March 21, 2020

Leslie Hewitt: Reading Room

Perrotin New York , US

September  11 - October 26, 2019

Leslie Hewitt

Perrotin Paris, France

September  6 - 22, 2018

Leslie Hewitt
Perrotin Seoul, Korea
March 28 - May 5, 2018

Fond Illusions
June 21 - August 18, 2017

Sprüth Magers Los Angeles
March 29 - June 10, 2017

Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection
Whitney Museum of American Art
April 27, 2016 – February 12, 2017

Ordinary Pictures
Walker Art Center
February 27, 2016 – October 9, 2016

Collective Stance
Sculpture Center
May 1, 2016 – August 1, 2016

Collective Stance

Power Plant, Toronto

January 30 - May 15, 2016

Photo - Poetics: An Anthology

Guggenheim Museum
November 20 - March 23, 2015

Time / Image

Blaffer Art Museum | University of Houston

September 26 - December 19, 2015


A Story within a Story
Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA)
September 12 - November 22, 2015

Picture Thing
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Main Gallery | Wesleyan University
Janurary 29 - March 1, 2015

Speaking of People
Studio Museum in Harlem
November 13 - March 8, 2015

Power Structures
P! | 334 Broome St
December 17 - January 18, 2015

The Material Image
Marianne Boesky Gallery
September 13 - October 25, 2014

A Public Fiction
Hammer Museum
July 29, 2014 - August 10, 2014
In The Room: Leslie Hewitt