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Talk | Martine Syms with Jadine Collingwood

February 02, 202312:00 pm - 1:30 pm

This event takes place on Zoom. CART captioning provided.

Martine Syms, A Pilot for a Show about Nowhere, 2015. 2 channel video (color, sound), 00:25:00 mins. Courtesy of the artist and Bridget Donahue, NYC

Martine Syms, A Pilot for a Show about Nowhere, 2015. 2-channel video (color, sound), 00:25:00 min. Courtesy of the artist and Bridget Donahue, NYC.

About the Event

Join us for a conversation with artist Martine Syms, whose solo exhibition Martine Syms: She Mad Season One is on view at the MCA through February 12. Syms is joined by the exhibition’s curator, Jadine Collingwood, assistant curator at the MCA.

MCA Talks highlight cutting-edge thinking and contemporary art practices across disciplines. This presentation is organized by Daniel Atkinson, Manager of Learning, Adult Interpretive Programs, and the MCA’s Visual Art and Learning teams. Special thanks to Dr. Michael Anthony Turcios, Mancoch Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University, for development of this program.

About the Speaker

Martine Syms is an artist who has earned wide recognition for a practice that combines conceptual grit, humor, and social commentary. She has shown extensively, including solo exhibitions at the MCA, the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), the Art Institute of Chicago, and ICA London. She has also done commissioned work for brands such as Prada, Nike, and Celine, among others. Syms is a recipient of the Creative Capital Award, a United States Artists fellowship, the Tiffany Foundation award, and the Future Fields Art Prize. She is in a band called Aunt Sister, hosts Double Penetration, a monthly radio show on NTS, and also runs Dominica Publishing.

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Documentation of the talk produced by the MCA, 2023.


Lead support for the 2021-22 season of MCA Talks is made possible by The Richard and Mary L. Gray Lecture Series through a generous gift to the Chicago Contemporary Campaign.

Generous support is provided by The Antje B. and John J. Jelinek Endowed Lecture and Symposium on Contemporary Art; the Kristina Barr Lectures, which were established through a generous gift by The Barr Fund to the Chicago Contemporary Campaign; The Gloria Brackstone Solow and Eugene A. Solow, MD, Memorial Lecture Series; and the Allen M. Turner Tribute Fund, honoring his past leadership as Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Lead support for the exhibition is provided by the Harris Family Foundation in memory of Bette and Neison Harris, Zell Family Foundation, Cari and Michael Sacks, R.H. Defares, and Susie Karkomi and Marvin Leavitt.

Major support is provided by Citi Private Bank, Anne Kaplan, Karyn and Bill Silverstein, and Charlotte Cramer Wagner and Herbert S. Wagner III of the Wagner Foundation.

This exhibition is supported by the Women Artists Initiative, a philanthropic commitment to further equity across gender lines and promote the work and ideas of women artists.