Zoe Leonard Receives Buckbaum Award

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Zoe Leonard, 945 Madison Avenue. Courtesy Whitney Museum of American ArtZoe Leonard, 945 Madison Avenue. Courtesy Whitney Museum of American Art

Zoe Leonard is the recipient of the Bucksbaum Award, presented every two years to an artist in the Whitney Biennial whose work “demonstrates a singular combination of talent and imagination.” The award includes a $100,000 grant and the invitation to present a solo exhibition at the Whitney before the next biennial. 

For the 2014 biennial, on view through May 25, Leonard created a piece called 945 Madison Avenue, in which she transformed a section of the museum’s fourth floor into a huge camera obscura. A lens placed in the window allows a projection of the Madison Avenue streetscape to be projected on the walls, floor, and ceiling of the room. The work integrates the Marcel Breuer building in the last biennial to be held there before the Whitney moves to its new Renzo Piano designed building downtown.