Preview: Lynn Hershman Leeson in Season 9 of Art21 "Art in the Twenty-First Century" (2018)

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Lynn Hershman Leeson reflects on the progression of her practice, fluid in medium while consistent in message, in this preview of the upcoming "San Francisco Bay Area" episode from Season 9 of the "Art in the Twenty-First Century" television series.

Recalling an experience from the 1970s where her work was purchased and subsequently returned by a male buyer, Leeson says, "Somehow he found out I was female and he returned the work because he said that women weren't good investments. He was wrong."

Lynn Hershman Leeson was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1941. At once a pointed critic and a sly practical jokester, Leeson has worked across a wide range of mediums, from drawing, painting and sculpture to interactive films, net-based media works, and artificial intelligence. Overlooked for the better part of her decades-long career, Leeson is a pioneering multidisciplinary artist, critiquing the deep seated gender biases that have excluded her and other women artists.

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Season 9 of "Art in the Twenty-First Century" premieres September 21 at 9:00 p.m. on PBS. "San Francisco Bay Area" airs September 28 at 9:00 p.m.

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