JTT
191 CHRYSTIE ST
NEW YORK NY 10002
212-574-8152

1986 Born, Los Angeles, CA

Lives and works in Richmond, VA

EDUCATION

2013

M.F.A., Parsons, The New School for Design, New York, NY

2011

B.A., Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, GA

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018

BOLO: Be on (the) lookout, JTT, New York, NY

Ordinary Violence, Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI

How We Tell stories to Children, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA

Sable E. Smith, CONDO: JTT hosted by greengrassi and Corvi-Mora, London, UK

2017

Ordinary Violence, Queens Museum, Queens, NY

and then the street lights–like a warning bell, Assembly (Recess), Brooklyn, NY

2015

Blue is Ubiquitous and Forbidden, SOHO20 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS AND SCREENINGS

2019

Great Force, ICA VCU, Richmond, VA (forthcoming)

Colored People Time: Banal Presents, ICA Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA (forthcoming)

Poetry Is Not a Luxury, Center for Book Arts, New York, NY

The Smiths, Marlborough, London, UK

Mirror/Echo/Tilt, New Museum, New York, NY (collaborative project with Melanie Crean and Shaun Leonardo)

MOOD l Studio Museum Artists in Residence 2018 - 19, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY

Radical Reading Room, Studio Museum 127, Harlem, NY

No One Is Innocent, MoMA PS1, Queens, NY (screening)

The Land That I Live In, Matthew Brown Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2018

Moving Body, Moving Study, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Brooklyn, NY

Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System, CAMH, Houston, TX. This exhibition will travel to Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MA

Production Values, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA

SITElines.2018: Casa Tomada, SITE Santa Fe, Sante Fe, NM (cat.)

Agora, High Line, New York, NY (cat.)

Prison Nation, Aperture, New York, NY. Curated by Nicole R. Fleetwood. This exhibition will travel to Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland, OH, Southeast Museum of Photography 32114, Daytona, FL, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD.

2017

Glass Ceiling: Art of Resilience and Fragility, UrbanGlass, Brooklyn, NY

Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon, New Museum, New York, NY. Curated by Johanna Burton (cat.)

Other Romances, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY

"Elaine, let's get the hell out of here", Nichelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, NY. Curated by Ashton Cooper

Fictions, Studio Museum, New York, NY. Curated by Connie H. Choi and Hallie Ringle (cat.)

UPTOWN: nasty women / bad hombres, El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY. Curated by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado

Memory is a Tough Place, Kellen Gallery at The New School, New York, NY. Curated by Macushla Robinson

Watchlist, SIGNAL, Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Goedele Bartholomeeusen and Kat Herriman

Your Body is a Battleground: VOLTA 2017, VOLTA NY, New York, NY. Curated by Wendy Vogel

The Exposed Suture, Rond-Point Projects, Marseille, FR. Curated by Natasha Marie Llorens

Who Gets To Look, UC Irvine Galleries, Irvine, CA. Curated by Virginia Arce

FAWC Visual Arts Fellows Exhibition, Provincetown Art Association & Museum, Provincetown, MA

Without a Body, Andrea Rosen Gallery 2, New York, NY. Curated by SIGNAL

2016

Emerging Arts Fellowship Exhibition 2016, Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY

With Liberty and (in)Justice For All?, Gateway Project Spaces, Newark, NJ

Partner in Crime, Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University, Newark, NJ

Focus on the Funk: Journeys, Serpentine Gallery & Birbeck Cinema, London, UK

Over the Wall, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

Comrade What is Your Visual Bond?, Sunday Sessions: Screening, MoMA PS1, New York, NY

History As I Know It, On the Ground Floor Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

History As I Know It, IMPeRFeCT Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2015

La Lucha II Dom & Haiti Visions of Tomorrow, Andrew Freedman Home, Bronx, NY

Dis Place, The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Brooklyn, NY

Inherited, BRIC, Brooklyn, NY

Consequential Translations, Centro Cultural de Espana, Santo Domingo, DR

La Lucha, Rio Penthouse Gallery, New York, NY

RESPOND, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY

2014

Yeah That’s What She Said, Specials On C, New York, NY

2013

Gaze Series #5: Transgressions, Artist Television Access, San Francisco, CA

Contemporary Temporary Sound Works And Music, organized by Daniel Neuman, Eyebeam, New York, NY

Present Futures, The Mandrake, Los Angeles, CA

2012

Silencing The Self, 25 East Gallery, New York, NY

PERFORMANCES & READINGS

2018

Performing Fictions, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

2017

LANDSCAPES & PLAYGROUNDS Book Launch, Recess Assembly, Brooklyn, NY

2016

Artist Love Poets, The Poetry Project, New York, NY

The Listening Party, MoMA Pop Rally, New York, NY

Sable Elyse Smith & Camel Collective, The Poetry Project, New York, NY

Reading & Launch Selfish Magazine: Issue 3, Over the Eight, Brooklyn, NY,

2015

Mirror/Echo/Tilt, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture: New York, New York, NY

Reading: Blue is Ubiquitous and Forbidden, SOHO20 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Sifting, The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Brooklyn, NY

AUNTSforcamera Artist-Devised Tour, New Museum, New York, NY

2014
Heart, Voice, Song: Three Meeting Performances, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

Fallow Time: Movement Research Festival: Through Body, Through Earth, Through Speech, Queens Museum, New York, NY

2013

Dissident Futures Art and Ideals Festival, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Through Body, Through Earth, Through Speech, Eyebeam, New York, NY

Performative Reading Event for Daily Violence with Huong Ngo, The Window at 125, New York, NY

2012

The Future is Fantastic (If You Want It), New Museum, New York, NY

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2019

Girma, Hanna. The Weight of Objects. MoMA Magazine. July 17.

O'Keeffe, Sara in conversation with Sable Elyse Smith. Vanishing Points. Mousse Magazine. Summer.

Roffino, Sara. How Three Artists Are Taking on the Crisis of Mass Incarceration. Cultured. June 21.

O'Regan, Kathryn. 5 groundbreaking exhibits you need to see at Art Basel. Sleek Magazine. June 12.

Small, Zachary. Queer Artists in Their Own Words: Sable Elyse Smith Wants a Mean Falsetto. Hyperallergic. June 4.

Smith, Sable Elyse. The Potent Vision of Kerby Jean-Raymond, Cultured. April / May.

Smith, Melissa. Young Black Artists Are More in Demand Than Ever - But the Art World Is Burning Them Out, artnet. April 29.

Lee, Jongho. Interview with Cal Siegel, Eyes Towards the Dove. April 1

Valentine, Victoria L. In New Multiyear Partnership, Studio Museum in Harlem Will Present Exhibitions at MoMA and MoMA PS1, Culture Type. February 5.

2018

McAdams, Shane. Sable Elyse Smith's 'Ordinary Violence' at the Haggerty Museum of Art, Sheperd Express. December 18.

Reid, Tiana. Sable Elyse Smith Uses a Coloring Book for Kids in Court To Critique the Violence of Social Control, Vulture. December 13.

Nelson, Erin Jane. Sable Elyse Smith at JTT in New York, Burnaway. December 12.

Musser, Amber Jamilla. Sable Elyse Smith: BOLO: Be on (the) Lookout, The Brooklyn Rail. December 11.

Artspace Editors. On View Now: 9 Not-to-Miss Artworks in Downtown NYC, Artspace. November 17.

Herriman, Kat. Gallery Peeping: Best of November 2018, Cultured. November.

Russeth, Andrew. Here’s a Look at What the Whitney Museum Has Acquired Over the Past Year, ArtNews. September 24.

Parrish, Amanda. Haggerty Museum welcomes featured artist, Marquette Wire. September 11.

Korman, Sam. SITElines 2018: "Casa tomada, art agenda. September 7.

Princenthal, Nancy. 3 Outdoor Art Shows and One Trusty Dog (With Tricks!), New York Times. September 6.

Yerebakan, Osman Can. Santa Fe's Celebrated Biennial SITElines Returns in Full Force, Cultured. August.

Hamilton, Diana. Firsthand at Arm's Length, Art in America. June / July.

Stoilas, Helen. Art for Justice Fund gives out $10m in new grants - including to art projects, Art Newspaper. June 29.

Selvin, Claire. Here's the Artist List for the 2018 Edition of SITElines, ARTnews, May 14.

The Artsy Vanguard: On the Rise, Artsy. April 30.

Carrigan, Margaret. The Best Outdoor and Spring-Inspired Art Exhibitions in and Around NYC, Observer, April 13.

Pope.L and Sable Elyse Smith Among Artists to Create Works for the High Line, Artforum, March 26.

Greenberger, Alex. The Skin We're In: Exhibitions Around New York Explore Changing Notions of the Human Body, ARTnews, March 3.

Dayal, Mira. Fictions. Artforum. March.

Marciniak, Caroline. CONDO LONDON: greengrassi & Corvi-Mora, London, UK, Frieze Magazine. March.

Mitter, Siddhartha. One Nation, Behind Bars: Examining Prison Culture Through Photography, Village Voice. February 28.

Lynne, Jessica. Sable Elyse Smith. Aperture Magazine. February/March.

Excerpt from Landscapes and Playgrounds. Aperture Magazine. February/March (cover).

Ashfaque, Rabia. Who is More Guilty? Sable Elyse Smith Ordinary Violence. BOMB. January.

Smith, Sable Elyse. The Uses of Power. Artforum. January.

2017

Parmer, Amanda. Striking Nerves: Art and Protest in 2017, Art in America. December. 28

Cotter, Holland. From the Personal to the Political, 19 Artists to Watch Next Year. New York Times. December 27.

Johnson, Rindon. Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon. Brooklyn Rail. December 13.

30 Young Artists to Watch in 2018. Cultured Magazine. November.

Fisher, Cora. An Artist’s Bond with Her Imprisoned Father. Hyperallergic. November 11.

Greenberger, Alex. Studio Museum in Harlem Names 2018 Artists-in-Residence. Artnews. November 9.

Pedro, Laila. Confronting and Correcting Racist Narratives in Media and Art. Hyperallergic. November 8.

Nimrod, Selby. Keeping it together: Tracing truths + falsehoods in the narrative thrust of the Fictions group show at Studio Museum, AQNB. November 7.

Ball, Katherine Brewer. Intimate Variations: Other Romances at Rachel Uffner Gallery. Bomb. October 25.

Thackara, Tess. The Latest in the Studio Museum’s Landmark “F” Series Is a Timely Exploration of Truth and Fiction. Artsy. September 19.

Mitter, Siddhartha. At “Fictions” in Harlem, Young Black Artists Are on Fire. Village Voice. September 13.

Smith, Sable E., The Sound is the Picture. affidavit. August 28.

Schwendener, Martha. What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week. New York Times. August 24.

Herriman, Kat. Posture and Principle. Cultured. August.

Schwendener, Martha. 10 Galleries to Visit Now in Brooklyn. New York Times. April 27.

Walsh, Brienne. A Curator Heeds The Post-Election Call to Battle At The Volta Art Fair, Forbes. March 1.

Firestone, Jesse Bandler. Bodies for a Future yet to Come, D/Railed. January 26.

Meier, Allison. Christopher Walken Heads, Winged Feet, and Other Sculptures Alight Along the East River, Hyperallergic. January 24.

Kaack, Nicole. Miguel Angel Cardenas and Without a Body at Andrea Rosen, SFAQ. January 20.

2016

McGarrigle, Lia. 4 Black Artists You Need To Know: As chosen by contemporary art girl collective Black Art Incubator. Amuse-i-D.vice.com. August 12.

Sarget, Antwaun. Enter the Realm of a Cosmic Black Utopia. The Creators Project: VICE. July 14.

Heinlein, Sabine. Artists Grapple With America’s Prison System, The New York Times. March 11.

Tobak, Vikki. Visualizing The Overlooked Legacy of Mass Incarceration. Narrative.ly. January 18.

Greenerger, Alex. Creative Capital Announces 2016 Awardees in Emerging Fields, Literature, and Performing Arts. ARTNEWS. January 12.

2015

Reis, Victoria. Artists of the African Diaspora Cast off the Legacy of Displacement, Hyperallergic. December 10.

2014

Palmer, Lauren. 6 Must-See Art Events in New York This Week. Art in America. October 26.

King, Jamilah. Kara Walker’s Sugar Sphinx Evokes Call From Black Women: We Are Here. Color lines. June 23.

We Are Here: Black Women Claim their Space at Kara Walker’s Controversial Sugar Sphinx Show. Ebony.com. July 2.

PUBLICATIONS

2016

Smith, Sable Elyse. “Ecstatic Resilience,” Essay, Recess Art (online). Written in parallel with

Lauren Halsey: Kingdom Splurge (4), July.

2015

Smith, Sable Elyse. “Blue Is Ubiquitous and Forbidden,” self published. Edition of 150.

TALKS & LECTURES

2019

Melanie Crean, Shaun Leonardo, and Sable Elyse Smith in Conversation with Nicole R. Fleetwood, New Museum, New York, NY. July 25

2017

Public Art and Prison Reform, Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia, PA. April 20

2016

Why Explicit?: Panel with Lorraine O’Grady, Sondra Perry, and Sable Elyse Smith, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, New York, NY

Afrofuturism Conference 2016: #BlackIsViral, Panel: Hyper Visibility of the Black Image with Caitlin Cherry & Devin Kenny, The New School, New York, NY

In Conversation with Shaun Leonardo, BRIC, Brooklyn, NY. March 23

Comrade What is Your Visual Bond? Sunday Sessions: Panel, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY

2015

New Museum R&D Seminar: Persona, Selected Participant, New Museum, New York, NY

Dis Place: Artist Talk, Moderated by Jessica Lynne, MoCADA, Brooklyn, NY

I Can’t Breathe: Conversation with Shaun Leonardo, Moderated by Kimberly Drew, BRIC, Brooklyn, NY

2014

In Conversation with Ayana Jackson and Monique Long, Michael Steinberg Fine Art, New York, NY

Subtleties of Resistance, in dialogue with Nicole Fleetwood, Free University at Kara Walker’s “A Subtlety or the Marvelous Sugar Baby,” New York, NY

2013

Culture Push Honorary Fellow: Reading & Writing Group, as a member of the Fantastic Futures collective

iLab Residency: Through Body, Through Earth, Through Speech, as a member of the Fantastic Futures collective, New York, NY

2012

It Is All Here. Memories Can’t Wait, Panel Participant, The International Center for Photography, New York, NY. December 14

2011

History, Earth, Flesh, Panel Participant at the Liberal Arts Symposium, Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, GA. April 3

GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS

2018

Artist in Residence, Studio Museum in Harlem

2017

Rema Hort Mann

2016

NYSCA Individual Artist Program in Film and Media

Fine Arts Work Center Fellow

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant

Queens Museum Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artist

Recess Art: Critical Writing Fellow

Emerging Artist Fellowship Socrates Sculpture Park Creative Capital Fellow

Creative Capital Fellow

2015

Art Matters

Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art

Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture

Collections

Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI

The New School, New York, NY

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

The Studio Museum in Harlem, San Francisco, CA

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Aeromoto Library, Mexico City, MX

Center for Book Arts, New York, NY

Everygreen State College Library, Olympia, WA

Free Black Women’s Library, New York, NY

MoMA Library, New York, NY

Rare Book and Manuscript LIbrary, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Ubana and Champaign, IL

SFMOMA Library, San Francisco, CA

Smithsonian Libraries, Washington D.C.