Rena Leinberger works primarily in sculpture, installation, public projects and photography. Her projects navigate our surroundings as simultaneously constructed and imaged space.
Her work has been exhibited in solo shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gallery 400, Zg Gallery, the Evanston Art Center, and 1R Gallery (Chicago); a public art project commissioned by the NYC Department of Transportation Urban Art Program and ISCP. She has been included in group exhibitions at Queens Museum of Art, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Smack Mellon, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, CUE Art Foundation, MASS MoCA, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, and the City of San Antonio International Center among others.
Awards include grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation and SUNY New Paltz Research Foundation – CRAL, residencies at International Studio and Curatorial Program (Brooklyn), threewalls (Chicago) and Catwalk (Catskill, New York); and a fellowship in the Bronx Museum’s AIM program. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
During her Swing Space residency at Governors Island, Leinberger will be constructing deterritorialized island-cities in the studio and then floating them in the harbor, making videos and photographs with the city as backdrop. The project utilizes architecture, image and ideology to find ways for the images to remain murky between the idealized, artificial and disastrous.
Featured Image Photo Credit: courtesy of the artist