Simone Leigh Sovereignty

Official U.S. Presentation, 59th International
Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia

April 23–
November 27, 2022

Commissioned by the
Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

Project Credits

Simone Leigh: Sovereignty is presented by the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston in partnership with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. The exhibition is produced with the collaboration of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York.

CO-COMMISSIONERS

Jill Medvedow, Ellen Matilda Poss Director, ICA/Boston
Eva Respini, Barbara Lee Chief Curator, ICA/Boston

COMMISSIONING INSTITUTION

John Andress, Bill T. Jones Director/Curator of Performing Arts
Chenoa Baker, Museum Fellow
Katrina Foster, Director of Development
Karin France, Director of Institutional Giving
Monica Garza, Charlotte Wagner Director of Education
Betsy Gibbons, Director of Teen Programs
Alison Hatcher, Senior Registrar
Kate Herlihy, Project Manager
Whitney Leese, Chief of Staff and Governance
Margaux Leonard, Public Relations Manager
Magali Maiza, Financial Consultant, Venice Project
Anni Pullagura, Curatorial Assistant
Colette Randall, Chief Communication and Marketing Officer
Natasa Vucetic, Chief Financial and Operating Officer
Kris Wilton, Director of Creative Content and Digital Engagement

SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM FOUNDATION

Karole P. B. Vail, Director of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Foundation Director for Italy
Chiara Barbieri, Director of Special Projects and Publications

PROJECT ADVISORS

Paul Ha, Director, MIT List Visual Arts Center
Nikki A. Greene, Associate Professor of Art, Wellesley College

SIMONE LEIGH STUDIO

Susan Thompson, Project Manager, U.S. Pavilion, Venice Biennale
Rebecca Adib, Studio Director

SPELMAN COLLEGE

Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, 10th President, Spelman College
Dr. Ayoka Chenzira, Chair, Division of the Arts, Spelman College
Dr. Cheryl Finley, Inaugural Director of the Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective and Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Art & Visual Culture, Spelman College
julia elizabeth neal, Lecturer, Department of Art & Visual Culture, Spelman College

LOOPHOLE OF RETREAT: VENICE

Rashida Bumbray, Curator; Director of Culture and Art, Open Society Foundations

Loophole of retreat ADVISORS

Tina M. Campt, Owen F. Walker Professor of Humanities and Modern Culture and Media, Brown University
Saidiya V. Hartman, University Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

COMMUNICATIONS

Polskin Arts & Communications Counselors, a Division of Finn Partners

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Miko McGinty, Principal, and Rebecca Sylvers, Designer, Miko McGinty Inc.

WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT

John Kudos, Managing Partner, Kudos Design Collaboratory

EDITOR

Polly Watson

TRANSLATOR

Elena Cimenti

PROJECT ARCHITECTS

Pierpaolo Martiradonna, CEO & Founder; Matteo Falcone, Design Director; and Alfredo Greco, Senior Associate, Sinfonia Group

EXECUTIVE ARCHITECT IN VENICE

Giacomo di Thiene, Principal; Arianna Remoli, Collaborator; and Giulia Tavone, Collaborator, Th&Ma Architettura

CONSTRUCTION SERVICES

Cobar S.p.A.
Impresa Edile Francesco Minto S.n.c.

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER

Ing. A. Gasparini, Principal, and Gianluca Aldrighetti, Collaborator, Studio 5 Ingegneria

ART HANDLING

The APICE Group SCrl Francesco

VENICE LOGISTICS COORDINATION

Jill Weinreich

We are grateful to so many people and institutions, all of whom were instrumental in the realization of the U.S. Pavilion. We are deeply thankful for the partnership of our colleagues across the ICA. Outside the museum, our sincere thanks are due to the individuals and organizations in the United States and Europe who helped make this project a reality. Each of the philanthropists recognized responded to our request for support with extraordinary generosity. Our final and most profound thanks are to Simone Leigh, for the incredible gift of her work.  —Jill Medvedow & Eva Respini