Cat Video, 2015


Diego Leclery

b. 1978

lives in New York, USA

Solo Exhibitions

Pro Tool, MPSTN. Chicago, USA
Mature Work, Homeland Security. Dallas, USA

Mom, Kirk's Apartment. Chicago, USA

Words, Important Projects. Oakland, USA

The Natural, Julius Caesar. Chicago, USA

Diegobox, Gaucho Social Club. Chicago, USA
Fruit, New York City - Gold Coast. Chicago, USA
Metapsychics, Julius Caesar. Chicago, USA

The Bad, The Dead, The Ugly, Deckelew & Bensley. Chicago, USA
IGARBO, Julius Caesar. Chicago, USA

Two-person Exhibitions

Floating Bull, with Tim Louis Graham, Autumn Space. Chicago, USA
XX Xy, with You Ni Chae, Kirk's Apartment - Bathroom Project Space. Chicago, USA

ʍe, with Tim Louis Graham, Monument2. Chicago, USA
Work and Document and Work and Document, with Tim Louis Graham, Zrobili. Chicago, USA

Selected Group Exhibitions

Snuff, Slow. Chicago, USA

Dienstag Abend, Chicago Expo. Chicago, USA
The Whitney Biennial 2014, Whitney Museum of American Art. New York, USA (cat.)

Nothing Special, Tim Schade Curating. Philadelphia, USA

O Fim, Rua Piratininga 36. Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL
Go Tell it on the Mountain, California African American Museum. Los Angeles, USA
By Hook or By Crook, The Hangar. Beirut, LEBANON
B.A.D., Beverly Arts Center. Chicago, USA
First Love, The O'Connor Gallery at Dominican University. River Forest, USA

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? Original Jokes About The Suburban and The Poor Farm By the Artists Who Have Exhibited There, Yale University School of Art. New Haven, USA
Nasty, Brutish, and Short, Peregrineprogram. Chicago, USA
Overkill, The Mission Projects. Chicago, USA
The Document, at The Great Poor Farm Experiment III, The Poor Farm. Manawa, USA
Irritable Abstraction, Julius Caesar. Chicago, USA
Lifestyle Appropriate, New Capital at Balloon/Converso. Chicago, USA
MDW Fair, with Monument2. Chicago, USA
Perlapse, Heaven Gallery. Chicago, USA
Sexier, Zhou B. Art Center. Chicago, USA

Happiness, Kirk's Apartment. Chicago, USA
The Hotel Room Show, coordinated by Kirk's Apartment. Chicago, USA
Process in Product: Work from Summer Studio, SAIC Sullivan Galleries. Chicago, USA
Tough Guy, Sub Basement Gallery. Baltimore, USA
The 2nd Humboldt Moving Picture Show. Chicago, USA
Help Art Heal Haiti. Evanston, USA

Selected Works from the Easton Miller Collection, Heaven Gallery. Chicago, USA
Fest Fest Silenct Auction, Julius Caesar. Chicago, USA
GroupSOLO, Swimming Pool Project Space. Chicago, USA
Don't Judge Me, New York City - Pilsen. Chicago, USA
Survey: Chicago Video Art, Monkeytown. New York, USA

Grey Flags, Alogon. Chicago, USA
Bauhaus Art Show, Guertin's Graphics. Chicago, USA
Really Rad Videos 2, lloyd dobler gallery. Chicago, USA

Food Fight, The Food Court. Chicago, USA
Targeting Johns, G2 Gallery. Chicago, USA
HA__&__LF, Sound Art Space. Laredo, USA
HA__&__LF, Centro Cultural De Nuevo Laredo. Nuevo Laredo, MEXICO
Really Rad Videos, lloyd dobler gallery. Chicago, USA
SAIC 2007 Graduate Exhibition, G2 Gallery. Chicago, USA
YPANSMTPVGTWT, Fifty50 Gallery. Chicago, USA

Meet Me For Lunch, The Food Court. Chicago, USA
Balls Out!, Warehouse Space. Milwaukee, USA

Performances and Live Events

Event, Holiday Spirit: Sit on a Polar Bear's Lap! The Suburban. Oak Park, USA

Event, New Holiday Spirit: Sit on a Polar Bear's Lap 2013. The Suburban. Oak Park, USA
Commemoration, 50th Anniversary of Henry Flynt's Protest Against Serious Culture. Outside the Museum of Modern Art. New York, USA

Event, New Holiday Spirit 2012: Sit on a Polar Bear's Lap!. The Suburban. Oak Park, USA

Event, New Holiday Spirit: Sit on a Polar Bear's Lap! Again!!. The Suburban. Oak Park, USA
Performance, Moon Unit, Ve.Sch. Vienna, AUSTRIA

Event, New Holiday Spirit: Sit on a Polar Bear's Lap!, The Suburban. Oak Park, USA
Performance, closing reception for Pay No Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain, Pilsen Vintage & Thrift. Chicago, USA
Playwright, director, actor, A man has two women, one who loves him who he doesn't love and another who he loves and who doesn't love him, workshop/event at the Summer Studio Residency & Theater Workshop, SAIC Sullivan Galleries. Chicago, USA
Performance, Make a Show of It, performed at Zrobili Szkoła Sztuki, Zrobili. Chicago, USA
Performance, Stand Up, performed at Club Nutz, NEXTFair. Chicago, USA

Playwright, director, actor, Volpi: 5s, performed at Fest Fest, Julius Caesar. Chicago, USA
Performance, Words and Images Live with Charles Mahaffee, at Everything Again: Kevin Gallagher and Friends, Scott Projects. Chicago, IL, USA
Public reading, Nitey Nite, organized by Ryan B. Richey, Spoke. Chicago, IL, USA

Curatorial Engagements and Professional Activities

Guest lecturer, Parsons The New School of Art, Media, Technology. New York, USA
Guest lecturer, The School of Visual Arts - Visual Critical Studies. New York, USA
Off Center, symposium and lecture, TASA Conference, Dallas, USA
Visiting artist, Eastfield College. Mesquite, USA
Visiting artist, Youth Insights, Whitney Museum of American Art. New York, USA
Workshop leader, Art Club Chelsea Prep, P.S. 33, Whitney Museum of American Art. New York, USA

2009 - 12
Part-time faculty, Painting & Drawing Department, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, USA

Visiting artist, BOLT Residency, Chicago Artists' Coalition. Chicago, USA
Guest lecturer, Life as it Really Is: Documentary Film Study Group, ADDS DONNA. Chicago, USA

2008 - 11
Co-founder and co-director, Julius Caesar gallery. Chicago, USA

Guest curator, Korean Woman Abstract Contemporary Painter Chicago, MegaMall. Chicago, USA

Guest lecturer, as part of the Evening Academies, Harold Washington College. Chicago, USA
Guest lecturer and workshop leader, Chicago Public Schools THINKTANK. Chicago, USA

Guest lecturer, Pas un Pas Papa!, Alogon. Chicago, USA

Guest lecturer and visiting artist, Harold Washington College. Chicago, USA


Contributor, POSSIBLE PRESS, Vol. 2, Issue 3. Philadelphia, USA

Contributor, catalog for On Happiness, Kirk's Apartment Press. Chicago, USA

Contributor, The Future Has a Keyboard, part of the Twelve Galleries series. Chicago, USA

2007 - present
Editor/contributor, Bdbbdb. Chicago, USA

Mongrel magazine, issue 15, “Show and Tell". Dublin, Rep. of IRELAND


Chalk, Andy, “Artist Plays Civilization For Three Months In Museum Celebration”, The Escapist (April 4)
Johnson, Jason, “This Artist is Playing Civilization 24/7. You Know, For Art”, Kill Screen (April 4)
Bittanti, Matteo, “Game Art: Diego Leclery's 'Me Playing Civilization' (2014)”, Gamescenes (April 4)
Jones, Rhett, “This Artist is Playing 'Civilization' Outside of the Whitney Every Day”, Animal (April 3)
Richards, Ryder, “Diego Leclery”, Eutopia (March 28)
Robinson, Walter, “The Many Faces of the Whitney Biennial”, Arstpace (March 20)
Pepi, Michael, “Whitney Biennial”, Apollo (March 19)
Foumberg, Jason, “Eye Exam: A Gutsy Whitney Biennial”, Newcity (March 15)
Goldstein, Andrew M., “The Most Spectacular Artworks in the Whitney Biennial”, Artspace (March 14)
De Luca, Isabel, “Artista franco-brasileiro é parte da mostra”, O Globo (March 7)
“A Touch of France in the 2014 Whitney Biennial”, French Embassy in the United States: French Culture (Febraury 18)

Eler, Alicia, “A Polar Bear’s Lap Is the Best Place to Be”, Hyperallergic (December 25)

Fleming-Farrell, Niamh, “Art that’s not theft, exactly, nor forgery”, Lebanon Daily Star (May 29)
“Important Projects, Diego Leclery and Aurora Crispin”, Oakland Art Enthusiast (January 26)

Ise, Claudine, “Center Field: Top 10 Chicago Art Events in 2010”, Bad at Sports (December 31)
Stabler, Albert, “Fall Arts Guide 2009: Best Bets: Fest Fest”, Chicago Reader (September 13)
Wenzel, Erik, “Play With Your Cards Close to Your Chest”, ARTSlant (May 31)
Nichols, Thea, “Portrait of the Artist”, NewCity (June 8)

Natale, Justin, “Eye Exam: All in a Night's Work”, NewCity (September 21)

Cortez, Tricia, “Innovative new exhibits at Gallery 201 and Sound”, Laredo Morning Times (November 9)


MFA, Dept. of Painting & Drawing, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Chicago, USA

BA, Franklin & Marshall College. Lancaster, USA

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