We Are Animals (2007)

A documentary by Ed Robbins that chronicles the making of Rush and other works on view in Lesley Dill's 2007 exhibition at the Neuberger Museum of Art, Tremendous World.

Lesley Dill

American, b. 1950


RECENT EXHIBITIONS     See the full Biography
2021     “Wilderness: Where You Come From is Gone,” Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA
2019-20  “Lesley Dill: Voice,” Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, MO
2019     “Lesley Dill: Some Early Visionary Americans,” Arthur Rogers Gallery, New Orleans, LA2019     

              “REBOOT,” Nohra Haime Gallery, New York
              “Transamerica/n: Gender, Identity, Appearance Today,” the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
              “SCULPT-URE,” Nohra Haime Gallery, New York
              "Lesley Dill: Sculpture: 1994-2018," Nohra Haime Gallery, New York

              "Lesley Dill: Wilderness,"  ADAA The Art Show, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York

2018     “The Queens English: Who Owns It?,” St. Johns University Art Gallery, Queens, NY
              “Changing Course: Reflecting on New Orleans Histories,” New Orleans Museum of Art, LA

              “Paper/Print: American Hand Papermaking, 1960s to Today,” International Print Center New York


The New York Times

New York Social Diary
Artnet News
The Art Newspaper

The Brooklyn Rail

Two Coats of Paint

Downtown Express

Arte Al Limite

Lesley Dill is an American artist working at the intersection of language and fine art. Exploring the power of words to cloak and reveal the psyche, Dill invests new meaning in the human form. Fluid metaphors, appropriated from the poetry and writings of Emily Dickinson, Salvador Espriu, Tom Sleigh, Franz Kafka, and Rainer Maria Rilke, connect the diverse media that Dill employs. Paper, wire, horsehair, photography, foil, bronze, and music comprise elements through which the artist conveys the complexities of communication. Dill challenges the viewer to confront our linguistic relationships as well as perceptions of language itself. 

Born and raised in Maine, Dill received her Master of Arts from Smith College in 1974, and her Master of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art in 1980. She soon emerged as a sculptor and multi-media artist. Her interest in language and allusions to strong feminine identity reflect her friendship with the late artist, Nancy Spero (1926 – 2009), who used text and depictions of the female form, often appropriated as classical goddesses, in her scroll paintings.

She has received a John Simon Guggenheim fellowship in addition to the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and Anonymous Was A Woman, among others. Dill conceived and directed an opera, Divide Light, based on the poems of Emily Dickinson that premiered in at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, CA in  2008. In April, 2018, the New Camerata Opera Company will perform Divide Light in New York City.

Dill’s artworks are in the collections of over fifty museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. The artist lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.