1988 Born in Los Angeles CA, USA
2007

BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL, USA

2017

MFA, Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson NY,

USA

Solo Exhibitions

2019

Boon, Secession, Vienna

Shame Space, Institute of Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA, USA

2018

Incense Sweaters & Ice, Graham Foundation, Chicago IL, USA

Big Surprise, Bridget Donahue Gallery, New York NY, USA

SHE MAD: Laughing Gas, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL, USA

Grand Calme, Sadie Coles HQ, London, England

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

2017

Projects 106: Martine Syms, MoMA Museum of Modern Art, New York NY, USA

VNXXCAS: Martine Syms, Camden Arts Centre, London, England

The Easy Demands, CONDO: Bridget Donahue hosted by Sadie Coles HQ, London, England

2016

Borrowed Lady, Audain Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

Fact & Trouble, ICA Institute of Contemporary Art, London, England

COM PORT MENT, Karma International, Beverly Hills CA, USA

Martine Syms: Black Box, Human Resources, Los Angeles CA, USA

2015

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, USA

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

2019

Whitney Biennial 2019, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY, USA

Straying from the Line, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin

Hypertimes, FuturDome, Milan, Italy

Palimpsest, Lismore Castle Arts, Waterford, Ireland

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

2018

Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 To Today, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor MI, USA (touring)

Per_forming a collection. The Show Must Go_ON, Madre museo d’arte contemporanea Donnaregina, Naples, Italy

An Evening of Queen White, FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial For Contemporary Art, Toby Devan Lewis Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Cleveland OH, USA

The 12th Gwangju Biennale Exhibition: Imagined Borders, Gwangju, South Korea

Out of Easy Reach, Grunwald Gallery, School of Art, Architecture + Design, Bloomington IN, USA

Succession Sounds,Kunstverein, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Eckhaus Latta: Possessed, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY, USA

Radically Ordinary: Scenes form Black Life in America Since 1968, Allen Memorial Art Museum,

Oberlin OH, USA

Unlimited, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland

The Gallery, Michael’s, Santa Monica CA, USA

Out of Easy Reach, Gallery 400 and DePaul Art Museum, Chicago IL, USA

This is Utopia, to Some, Kadist Foundation, Paris, France

A Lone, installed adjacent to Capitol Hill Link rail station within city-wide project, Seattle WA,

USA

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

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

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

2017

.COM/.CN, presented by K11 Art Foundation and and Klaus Biesenbach and Peter Eleey, K11 Art Foundation pop-up space, Hong Kong

Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966), Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon, Portugal

Speech/Acts, ICA Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA, USA

The Public Body, Artspace, Sydney, Australia

Analog Currency, The Mistake Room, Los Angeles CA, USA

At This Stage, Chateau Shatto, Los Angeles CA, USA

Future Generation Art Prize @ Venice 2017, organised by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, Palazzo Contarini Polignac, Venice, Italy

That I am reading backwards and into for a purpose, to go on:, The Kitchen, New York NY, USA

What does one do with such a clairvoyant image?, Trinity Square Video, Toronto, Canada

56 Artillery Lane, Raven Row, London, England

Our Words Return in Patterns (Part 1), Galerie PCP, Paris, France

Whitney Biennal, as part of the John Riepenhoff installation, Whitney Museum, New York NY, USA

Los Angeles - A Fiction, Musée d’art Contemporain de Lyon, Lyon, France (touring)

 Lyon, Lyon, France, March 10 - July 9, 2017

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, USA

I Am the Organizer of My Own Archive, Dazibao, Montreal, Canada

The Love Object (organized by Tom Brewer), Team Gallery, New York NY, USA

2016

Potentially Yours, The Coming Community, Artspace NZ, Auckland, New Zealand

Los Angeles - A Fiction, Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo, Norway (touring)

Umwelt Inversion, Galerie Conradi, Hamburg, Germany

Down To Write You This Poem Sat, Oakville Galleries, Oakville, Canada

Cool Memories, Occidental Temporary, Paris, France

Public, Private, Secret, International Center of Photography, New York NY, USA

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, England

Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966), Whitechapel Gallery, London, England

Autobiography, Index Stockholm- The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden

Cut-Up: Contemporary Collage and Cut-Up Histories through a Feminist Lens, Franklin Street Works, Stamford CT, USA

2015

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, ICA Institute of Contemporary Art London, London, England

The Daily Show, Bureau, New York NY, USA

Intangibles, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis MN, USA

2015 Triennial: Surround Audience, New Museum, New York NY, USA

2014

Rhetoric, Aran Cravey, Los Angeles CA, USA

Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York NY, USA

First Look: Martine Syms: Reading Trayvon Martin, New Museum, New York NY, USA

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, USA

2013

gURLs, Transfer Gallery, Brooklyn NY, USA

2012

Act II: The Props, Public Fiction, Los Angeles CA) USA

First Among Equals, ICA Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA, USA

How to Download a Boyfriend, Badlands Unlimited, Apple iTunes

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

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

2011

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

We Are Here: Art & Design Out of Context, MCA Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago IL, USA

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

Fellowships

2018

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago IL, USA

Film screenings

2019

Incense Sweaters & Ice at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France, 28 Feb

2018

Incense, Sweaters & Ice, MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, Cleveland OH, USA, 13 Jul

In the (Commercial) Break / Screening and Conversation with Martine Syms, École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Kadist, Paris, 21 Jun

X-tra Presents Artist Writes #3: Incense, Sweaters & Ice, screening and conversation, 356 Mission Road, Los Angeles CA, USA, 29 Apr

Martine Syms: Incense, Sweaters & Ice, Tramway, Glasgow Film Festival, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, 23 Feb

2017  Artists’ Film Club: Incense Sweaters & Ice, ICA Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 2-5 Nov
2016

A Pilot for a Show About Nowhere screening in Wild Sounds, Flaherty NYC series, Anthology Film Archives, New York NY, USA, 03 Oct

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, Slovenia, 08 Sep

Martine Syms and Khalil Joseph, Memory Palace screening online in Open Window, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles CA, USA ongoing https://www.moca.org/stream/post/martine-syms-kahlil-joseph-memory-palace

From Mouth to Hand, Magic Lantern Cinema, Brown University, Providence RI, USA, 19 May

A Pilot for a Show About Nowhere online with Vdrome, #94, 17-20 Apr

Martine Syms and Khalil Joseph, Memory Palace, screening in Intimacies, Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago IL, USA, 22 Feb

2015

Artists’ Film Club: Avant-Noir, Volume 2, ICA Institute of Contemporary Art London, London, England, 08 Jul

Enter/Exit, a group screening and lecture by Steven Cairns, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Germany, 29 Nov

Martine Syms: The Unreliable Narrator, screening in Conversations at the Edge Fall 2015, Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago IL, USA, 12 Nov

2014

Small New Films, REDCAT, Los Angeles CA, USA, 21 Apr

Lectures and conferences

2018

with Colin Self, Sadie Coles HQ, London, 01 Oct

March Meeting 2018: Active Forms, Sharjah Art Foundation, Shuwaihen, Sharjah, UAE, 17-19 Mar

Experience It: Martine Syms, A conversation with Martine Syms, Sharon Hayes and Jon Rafman, The Lab with California College of the Arts, San Francisco CA, USA, 26 Feb

Lounge Talk, Yebisu International Festival for Art and Alternative Visions, Tokyo Photographic Museum, Tokyo, Japan, 09 Feb

2017 Martine Syms and Rizvana Bradley in conversation, Raven Row, London, England, 23 Apr
2016

Friday Flights at the Getty, Getty Center, Los Angeles CA, USA, 26 Aug

Martine Syms, Todd Madigan Gallery & Department of Art at California State University, Bakersfield CA, USA, 16 Feb

Tip of Her Tongue: Martine Syms ‘Misdirected Kiss’, The Oculus Hall at The Broad, Los Angeles CA, USA, 21 Jan

2015

A Pilot For A Show About Nowhere, PNCA Mediatheque, Portland OR, USA, 12 May

Seven on Seven, 7th Edition: Empathy & Disgust, Rhizome, New York NY, USA, 02 May

Lessons of the Tradition, California State University at Long Beach, Long Beach CA, USA

Quality Television, Light Industry, New York NY, USA 28 Apr

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

2014

Lessons of the Tradition, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA, USA

Black Radical Imagination II, REDCAT, Los Angeles CA, USA, 14 Nov

Black Vernacular: Lessons of the Tradition, London College of Communication, London, England, 17 Oct

Do You Follow? Art in Circulation, Rhizome/ICA Institute of Contemporary Art London, London, England, 15-17 Oct

Black Vernacular: Lessons of the Tradition, Oberlin College & Observatory, Oberlin OH, USA, 29 Apri

Most Days, Moogfest Biennial, Asheville NC, USA, 26 Apr

Black Vernacular, Insights 2014 Design Lecture Series, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis MN, USA, 18 Mar

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, 08 Feb

2013

New Paradigms in Digital Media ‘Mainstreaming’ a DIY Culture, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD, USA, 13 Apr

Conceptual Entrepreneurism, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore MD, USA

Black Vernacular: Reading New Media, SXSW, Austin TX, USA

Science Fiction & What It Feels Like To (Already) Live In the Future, Actual Size, Los Angeles CA, 11 Jan

2012

Real Talk, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia CA, USA, 05 Nov

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, 19 Apr

Residencies

2019

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, New York NY, USAGraham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Chicago IL, USA

Video interviews

2018

Martine Syms, LA in motion, Financial Times, 07 Feb

https://www.ft.com/video/b352fc07-4304-4439-98fb-4520ed621dc5?playlist-name=editors-picks&playlist-offset=0

2017

Martine Syms: How to See Projects 106 with Martine Syms, MoMA Museum of Modern Art, New York NY, USA, 15 Jun

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsJan9FHjKc

Collections

 

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL, USA

Guggenheim Museums and Foundation, New York NY, USA

KADIST, Paris and San Francisco CA, USA

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles CA, USA

JFABC Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection, Chicago IL, USA

LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles CA, USA

Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds, England

MCA Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago IL, USA

MoMA Museum of Modern Art, New York NY, USA

Museum of Modern Art Library, New York  NY, USA

Perez Art Museum, Miami FL, USA

San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio TX, USA

Studio Museum in Harlem, New York NY, USA