Martine Syms is a conceptual entrepreneur  who uses publishing, video, and performance to look at the making and reception of meaning in contemporary America. I currently run Dominica. 

From 2007–11, she directed Golden Age, a project space focused on exhibitions, performances, and printed matter that she founded. At Golden Age, she organized over fifty innovative cultural projects ranging from film screenings to interactive online exhibitions. She also initiated a publishing program, which included a catalogue of ten titles by international, emerging artists.

Martine Syms has lectured at Yale University, the Walker Art Center, University of Chicago, REDCAT, SXSW, ICA London, and MoMA PS1, among other venues. Her artwork has been exhibited and screened extensively, including presentations at the New Museum, the Studio Museum, White Flag Projects, ICA Philadelphia, and 356 Mission.

Martine Syms
Los Angeles, 1988

Past Exhibitions

Martine Syms: Grand Calme

Sadie Coles – Kingly Street
06/09/2018 — 20/10/2018

Martine Syms: Lessons I-CLXXX

Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art
14/06/2018 — 30/09/2018

The Printed Room – Works off Paper

16/06/2016 — 22/07/2016

Martine Syms: Fact & Trouble

Institute of Contemporary Art London – ICA
20/04/2016 — 19/06/2016

Solo Shows

Fact & Trouble, Institute of Contemporary Art London, United Kingdom
COM PORT MENT, Karma International, Beverly Hills, California
Martine Syms: Black Box, Human Resources, Los Angeles, California
Art on the Move: Martine Syms curated by Franklin Sirmans, Locust Projects, Miami, Florida
Notes On Gesture, Machine Project, Los Angeles, California
Vertical Elevated Oblique, Bridget Donahue Gallery, New York
Martine Syms, White Flag Projects, St. Louis, Missouri

The Queen’s English, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California

Group Shows

Made in L.A. 2016: a, the, though, only, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, California
Imitation of Life: Melodrama and Race in the 21st Century, HOME, Manchester, England
Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966), Whitechapel Gallery, London, United Kingdom
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, Connecticut

How We Work, Project Row Houses, Houston, Texas
2016 Open House, Todd Madigan Gallery, California State University, Bakersfield, California
Tele-novela, ACRE TV,
Candice Lin/Martine Syms, Chan Gallery, Pomona College, Claremont, California
Artists’ Film Club: Avant-Noir, Volume 2, Institute of Contemporary Art London, London, United Kingdom
The Daily Show, Bureau, New York, New York
Intangibles, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Triennial: Surround Audience, New Museum, New York, New York

Rhetoric, Aran Cravey, Los Angeles, California
Speaking of People: Ebony, Jet and Contemporary Art, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, New York
First Look: Martine Syms: Reading Trayvon Martin, New Museum, New York, New York
Another Cats Show, 356 Mission, Los Angeles, California
New Films, REDCAT, Los Angeles, California
Black Radical Imagination, Cooper Union, New York, New York

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Los Angeles Country of birth: USA Date of birth: 1988 Lives in: Los Angeles
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