Born: Los Angeles, California, 1988

Resides: Los Angeles, California

Education: Bard (M.F.A., 2017); School of the Art Institute of Chicago (B.F.A., 2007)


Selected Solo Exhibitions



“Projects 106,” Museum of Modern Art, New York.

“The Easy Demands,” CONDO: Bridget Donahue, New York.



“Borrowed Lady,” Audain Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia.

“Fact & Trouble,” Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.

“COM PORT MENT,” Karma International, Los Angeles.

“Black Box,” Human Resources, Los Angeles.



“Nite Life,” Locust Projects, Miami.

“Vertical Elevated Oblique,” Bridget Donahue, New York.

“Martine Syms,” White Flag Projects, St. Louis.


Selected Group Exhibitions



“Commercial Break,” Public Art Fund, New York.

“Analog Currency,” The Mistake Room, Los Angeles.



“Potentially Yours,” Artspace, Auckland, New Zealand.

“Los Angeles: A Fiction,” Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway.

“Umwelt Inversion,” Galerie Conradi, Hamburg, Germany.

“Cool Memories,” Occidental Temporary, Paris.

“Public, Private, Secret,” International Center of Photography, New York.

“Made in L.A. 2016,” Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.



“Surround Audience: New Museum Triennial,” New Museum, New York.


Selected Performances



“Misdirected Kiss,” Broad Art Museum, Los Angeles.



“A Pilot for a Show About Nowhere,” Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon.

“Quality Television,” Light Industry, New York.

“Lessons of the Tradition,” Pomona College, Claremont, California.



“Black Radical Imagination,” REDCAT, Los Angeles.


Selected Bibliography



Kholeif, Omar, ed. Electronic Superhighway. London: Whitechapel Gallery.



“Solitude,” Triple Canopy (November 24).

Berlant, Kate, Aki Sasamoto, Amy Sillman, and Martine Syms. “Stages of Laughter Original: I Am Meme,” Art in America (June 1).

“A Pilot for a Show About Nowhere,” Art Papers (May–June).

“Problems of Representation: Martine Syms in Conversation with Charles Gaines,” Flash Art (May–June).

Cornell, Lauren, and Ed Halter, eds. Mass Effect. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT.

Droitcour, Brian, ed. The Animated Reader. New York: New Museum.

2013 “The Mundane Afrofuturist Manifesto,” Rhizome (December 17).



“Implications and Distinctions,” Future Plan and Program (May 1).

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