fierce pussy (formed 1991, NYC) is an artist/activist collective advancing a radical queer and feminist position through a variety of interventions in public spaces. Four of the original founding members —Nancy Brooks Brody, Joy Episalla, Zoe Leonard and Carrie Yamaoka— continue to work together. Often our projects/actions have been realized without outside sponsorship, funding or authorization. This CV only reflects our engagements in more formal art spaces. More information on the full scope of our work is available on the projects page.

Solo Exhibitions


Mining The Archive, fierce pussy at the Lesbian Herstory Archives, Brooklyn, NYC

fierce pussy, Printed Matter, NYC

Selected Exhibitions & Projects



Transmission, an artist project published in Artforum, June issue

Art AIDS America, Bronx Museum of the Arts, NYC


Greater New York 2015, curated by Douglas Crimp, Peter Eleey, Thomas J. Lax, Mia Locks, MoMA PS1, NYC

Read My Lips, curated by Miguel Lopez, TEOR/Оtica, San Jose, Costa Rica

Art AIDS America, curated by Rock Hushka & Jonathan David Katz, Tacoma Art Museum, WA (catalog)


Pictures, Before & After – An Exhibition for Douglas Crimp, Daniel Buchholz Gallery, Cologne, DE

Art & Activism: Kunst Und Politisher Aktivismus In NY, Mannheimer Kunstverein, DE


For The Record, World AIDS DAY project for Visual AIDS, Printed Matter, NYC


Carnal Knowledge: Sex & Philosophy, Leslie Tonkonow + Artworks Projects l NYC


Get Up Everybody & Sing; an installation commissioned for ACT UP New York: Activism, Art & the AIDS Crisis, 1987-1993, White Columns, NYC


ACT UP New York: Activism, Art & the AIDS Crisis, 1987-1993, curated by Helen Molesworth & Claire Grace, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Tainted Love, curated by Steven Lam & Virginia Solomon, featuring Gutter in Extra Place alley, LaMama Gallery, NYC

Then and Now, permanent installation in the gender-neutral bathroom at The LGBT Community Center, NYC

En Todas Partes-- Politicas de la Diversidad Sexual en el Arte, Centro Galego de Arte Contemporenea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain


Pink and Bent, Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, NYC

Break the Rules, Mannheimer Kunstverein, curated by Hieber/Theising, Mannheim, DE (catalog)


Gender,fucked, COCA Seattle, WA

Counterculture: Alternative Information from the Underground Press to the Internet, Exit Art, NYC

Graphic Responses to AIDS, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England


Outhouses, NY Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center, NYC

Becoming Visible: The Legacy of Stonewall, New York Public Library, New York City

Underbelly: Dyke Art, Iconography, and Culture, University of Minnesota, MN

Silence=Death; Kunst und AIDS in New York, Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Dresden, DE


1920, Exit Art, NYC

Silence=Death; Kunst und AIDS in New York, Staadtmuseum, Munich, DE

Boycott Colorado, organized by Simon Watson, New Museum, NYC

DAM and fierce pussy, curated by Lutz Heiber and Gisela Theising, Liebenizhaus, Hannover, DE


Plakate, Graz Kunstverein, Graz, Austria, traveled to Moderna Galerija, Ljubljiana, Slovenia

Turn Out, Pyramid Club, NYC

Ethics and Aesthetics in the Age of AIDS, Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany and Kunstmuseum Lucerne, Switzerland

A Celebration of the Demise of the N.E.A., Public Funding and Art As We Know It!, benefit, ABC No Rio, NYC


Outrageous Desire, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

From Perversity to Diversity, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Queer, Minor Injury Gallery, NYC

Grants & Residencies



Denniston Hill, Glen Wild, NY


Lesbian Herstory Archives Residency, Brooklyn, NYC


ArtMatters fellowship, NYC

Selected Reviews & Publications



David J. Getsy, “Queer” anthology, Whitechapel: Documents of Contemporary Art, Published by MIT Press

Kate Eichhorn, “Adjusted Margin: Xerography, Art, and Activism In The late Twentieth Century,” MIT Press


Cotter, Hotter, “At ‘Greater New York,’ Rising Art Stars Meet the Old School,” The New York Times, Oct. 15, C23, & illus.

Andrew Stefan Weiner, “Greater New York”, art agenda, Oct. 13,

“Art AIDS America,” catalog, Jonathan David Katz & Rock Hushka, published by University of Washington Press

Aperture, “Queer”, Spring 2015


Atlantica, Published by Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, Canary Islands


Capricious, Issue #12 Protest, Curated by Emily Roysdon, May


Time Out NYC

ACT UP New York, 1987-1993: Activism Art and the AIDS Crisis (exhibition catalogue), Martabel Wasserman, Harvard College, pp. 5, 8, 9, illus, pp. 4, 42-43, 49.

General Idea: Image Virus, Gregg Bordowitz, in Afterall, 2010. pg. 94,103-104, 100 Illus.

Justin Bond / Jackie Curtis, Hilton Als, After Dark Publishing, illus. pp. 26-27

Goings On About Town: Art, The New Yorker, October 11


Lutz Hieber & Stephan Moebius, Avantgarden Und Politik, Kunstlerischer Aktivismus von Dada bis zur Postmoderne, published by Bibliografische Information der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek, pp. 185- 201, illus.


FIERCE PUSSY, Printed Matter, New York City

Break the Rules, catalog, Lutz Hieber & Gisela Theising, Mannheimer Kunstverein, Mannheim, DE

Ful magazine no.2, illus. and article p.4, September


Fierce Pussies and Lesbian Avengers, by Ann Cvetkovich, Feminist Consequences: Theory for the New Century, Elisabeth Bronfen and Misha Kavka, editors. Columbia University Press


Lesbian Art in America: A Contemporary History, by Harmony Hammond, Rizzoli International Publications, illus.


Damn Fine Art, Cherry Smyth, Cassell, London.

Lesbians are So Chic, Laura Cottingham, ed. Cassell, London.


The Question of Equality; Lesbian and Gay Politics in America Since Stonewall, David Deitcher, ed. Scribner, illus. pg. 85.


How many feminists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?, Laura Cottingham, 60% Solution,.

Guest Room, Paper Magazine, June.

Lesben Leben, Spinnen? spinnen? SPINNEN!, Germany.

Tempest in a Tearoom, New York Native, David Hirsh, March 14.

The Highs and Lows of 1993, Ms. Magazine, January/February.


SILENCE=DEATH; Kunst und AIDS in New York (exhibition catalogue) Hannoversch AIDS-Hilfe.


Provocation and Pride, David Hirsh, New York Native, January.

Angry Graphics, Karrie Jacobs and Steven Heller, Penguin Smith Books.

Der Spiegel 22/1992, “Die Wollust brüllt”.

Plakate, Grazer Kunstverein, poster and exhibition catalogue.

Movement Research Performance Journal, Winter/Spring #4, front cover illus.


Fierce Pussy Collective Wages War on the ‘Heterosexual Crap We See Everyday’, Bay Area Reporter, David Hirsh, Dec. 19




Activism, Art & AIDS: fierce pussy & GRAN FURY, Yale University, New Haven, CT


fierce pussy, The Institute for Art, Religion and Social Justice, Union Theological Seminary, NYC


fierce pussy, Women's Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Public Collections


Camp Sister Spirit, Mississippi

Lesbian Herstory Archives, NY

New York Public Library

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England