1988 Born Los Angeles (CA), USA
2007 BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (IL), USA
2017 MFA, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson (NY), USA

Solo Exhibitions


Graham Fellowship, Graham Foundation, Chicago (IL), USA

Contemporary Projects: Martine Syms, Serralves Foundation, Porto, Portugal


Projects 106: Martine Syms, Museum of Modern Art, New York (NY)

VNXCAS: Martine Syms, Camden Arts Centre, London 
The Easy Demands, CONDO: Bridget Donahue hosted by Sadie Coles HQ, London


Borrowed Lady, Audain Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia
Fact & Trouble, Institute of Contemporary Art, London
COM PORT MENT, Karma International, Beverly Hills (CA), USA
Martine Syms: Black Box, Human Resources, Los Angeles (CA), USA


Art on the Move: Martine Syms curated by Franklin Sirmans, Locust Projects, Miami (FL), USA
Notes On Gesture, Machine Project, Los Angeles, (CA), USA

Vertical Elevated Oblique, Bridget Donahue Gallery, New York (NY)

Martine Syms, White Flag Projects, St. Louis (MO), USA

 2014 The Queen’s English, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena (CA), USA

Selected Group Exhibitions


The Body Electric, Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis (MN), USA


An Evening of Queen White, Toby Devan Lewis Gallery, Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Cleveland (OH), USA

Unlimited, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Front International: Cleveland Triennial For Contemporary Art, Cleveland (OH), USA

This is Utopia, to Some, Kadist Foundation, Paris

A Page from My Intimate Journal (Part 1), Gordon Robichaux, New York (NY)

Mapping the Invisible, Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alternative Visions 2018, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo

Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today, ICA Boston, Boston (MA), USA

2017 .COM/.CN, presented by K11 Art Foundation and MoMA PS1, K11 Art Foundation Pop-up Space, Hong Kong
Speech/Acts, ICA Philadelphia (PA), USA
At This Stage, Chateau Shatto, Los Angeles (LA), USA
56 Artillery Lane, Raven Row, London
Exhibition of 21 Artists Shortlisted for the Future Generation Art Prize 2017, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kyiv, Ukraine
Commercial Break, Public Art Fund, New York (NY)
I Am the Organizer of My Own Archive, Dazibao, Montreal, Canada
The Love Object (organized by Tom Brewer), Team Gallery, New York (NY)
2016 Potentially Yours, The Coming Community, Artspace NZ, Auckland, New Zealand
Los Angeles - A Fiction, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Norway; traveling to Musée d’art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France
Umwelt Inversion, Galerie Conradi, Hamburg, Germany
Down To Write You This Poem Sat, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Ontario
Cool Memories, Occidental Temporary, Paris, France
Public, Private, Secret, International Center of Photography, New York (NY)
Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (CA), USA
It Can Howl, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta (GA), USA
Imitation of Life: Melodrama and Race in the 21st Century, HOME, Manchester, UK
Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966), Whitechapel Gallery, London
Autobiography, Index Stockholm- The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm
Cut-Up: Contemporary Collage and Cut-Up Histories through a Feminist Lens, Franklin Street Works, Stamford (CT), USA

How We Work, Project Row Houses, Houston (TX), USA
Open House, Todd Madigan Gallery, California State University, Bakersfield (CA), USA
Tele-novela, ACRE TV, acretv.org
Candice Lin/Martine Syms, Chan Gallery, Pomona College, Claremont (CA), USA
Artists’ Film Club: Avant-Noir, Volume 2, Institute of Contemporary Art London, London
The Daily Show, Bureau, New York (NY)
Intangibles, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (MN), USA

Triennial: Surround Audience, New Museum, New York (NY)


Rhetoric, Aran Cravey, Los Angeles (CA), USA
Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (NY)
First Look: Martine Syms: Reading Trayvon Martin, New Museum, New York (NY)
Another Cats Show, 356 Mission, Los Angeles (CA), USA

Small New Films, REDCAT, Los Angeles (CA), USA Black Radical Imagination, Cooper Union, New York (NY)

gURLs, Transfer Gallery, Brooklyn (NY)
Science Fiction & What It Feels Like To (Already) Live In the Future, Actual Size, Los Angeles (CA), USA


Act II: The Props, Public Fiction, Los Angeles (CA), USA
First Among Equals, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (PA), USA
How to Download a Boyfriend, Badlands Unlimited, Apple iTunes

The Didactic Possibilities of Film Titles, Acid Rain TV, New York (NY)

Mise-En-Scéne, Young Art, Los Angeles (CA), USA


Museum as Hub: Alpha’s Bet Is Not Over Yet, New Museum, New York (NY)

We Are Here: Art & Design Out of Context, MCA Chicago, Chicago (IL), USA

Three Card Monte, The Green Gallery, Milwaukee (WI), USA

Film Screenings


Incense, Sweaters & Ice, Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Cleveland (OH), USA

Incense, Sweaters & Ice, Tramway 4, Glasgow

2017  Artists’ Film Club: Incense Sweaters & Ice, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London
2016 A Pilot for a Show About Nowhere screening in Wild Sounds, Flaherty NYC series, Anthology Film Archives, New York (NY)
My Only Idol Is Reality screening in Truth or Dare? Experimental Cinema and the Documentary Turn, 1984 - 2016, Indigo Festival, City Museum of Ljublijana, Ljublijana
From Mouth to Hand, Magic Lantern Cinema, Brown University, Providence (RI), USA
Martine Syms: A Pilot for a Show About Nowhere online with Vdrome, #94
Memory Palace, screening in Intimacies, Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago (IL), USA

Enter/Exit, a group screening and lecture by Steven Cairns, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Germany

Martine Syms: The Unreliable Narrator, screening in Conversations at the Edge Fall 2015, Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago (IL), USA

Lectures and Conferences

2016 Friday Flights at the Getty, Getty Center, Los Angeles (CA), USA
Martine Syms, Todd Madigan Gallery & Department of Art at California State University, Bakersfield (CA), USA
Tip of Her Tongue: Martine Syms ‘Misdirected Kiss’, The Oculus Hall at The Broad, Los Angeles (CA), USA
2015 A Pilot For A Show About Nowhere, PNCA Mediatheque, Portland (OR), USA
Seven on Seven, 7th Edition: Empathy & Disgust, Rhizome, New York (NY)
Lessons of the Tradition, California State University at Long Beach, Long Beach (CA), USA
Quality Television, Light Industry, New York (NY)
Lessons of the Tradition, Pomona College, Claremont (CA), USA
Nite Life, O, Miami Poetry Festival, Miami (FL), USA
In the Archives, Contemporary Artists Books, Los Angeles (CA), USA

Lessons of the Tradition, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond (VA), USA
Black Radical Imagination II, REDCAT, Los Angeles (CA), USA
Black Vernacular: Lessons of the Tradition, London College of Communication, London
Do You Follow? Art in Circulation, Rhizome/Institute of Contemporary Art London, London

Black Vernacular: Lessons of the Tradition, Oberlin College & Observatory, Oberlin (OH), USA

Most Days, Moogfest Biennial, Asheville (NC), USA
Black Vernacular, Insights 2014 Design Lecture Series, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (MN), USA
Direct Design, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis (MN), USA
Most Days, Arts Incubator, University of Chicago, Chicago (IL), USA
Direct Design, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles (CA), USA
Becoming Artists: Critique, Originality & Identity - Managing Biography: Negotiating Audience, Yale University, New Haven (CT), USA

2013 New Paradigms in Digital Media ‘Mainstreaming’ a DIY Culture, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (MD), USA
Conceptual Entrepreneurism, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore (MD), USA
Black Vernacular: Reading New Media, SXSW, Austin (TX), USA
2012 Real Talk, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia (CA), USA
Reading Politics, Summer Forum, Chicago (IL), USA
2011 The Didactic Possibilities of Film Titles, Houston Museum of African American Art, Houston (TX), USA
Artist/Authors, The Gregory School, Houston (TX), USA
Implications & Distinctions, Project Row Houses, Houston (TX), USA
Future Plan and Program - Lecture by Steffani Jemison and Martine Syms, Prairie View A & M University, Prairie View (TX), USA



Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (IL), USA
Guggenheim Museums and Foundation, New York (NY)
KADIST, Paris and San Francisco (CA), USA
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (CA), USA
Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection (JFABC), Chicago (IL), USA
Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, UK
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles (CA), USA
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York (NY)
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, (IL), USA
San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio (TX), USA
Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (NY)