1986 Born, Los Angeles, CA

Lives and works in Richmond, VA



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


B.A., Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, GA



or the song spilling out, Carlos/Ishikawa, London, UK


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


Ordinary Violence, Queens Museum, Queens, NY

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


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



Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration, MoMA PS1, Queens, NY

SI ONSITE, Swiss Institute, New York, NY

Young, Gifted and Black: The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY. Curated by Antwaun Sargent and Matt Wycoff

Colored People Time: Mundane Futures, Quotidian Pasts, Banal Presents, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA


On Refusal: Representation & Resistance in Contemporary American Art, MAC Belfast, Belfast, IE

Great Force, ICA VCU, Richmond, VA

Young, Gifted, and Black: The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art, OSilas Gallery, Concordia College, Bronxville, NY

Colored People Time: Banal Presents, ICA Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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


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,


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

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


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


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



Cotter, Holland. Making Art When ‘Lockdown’ Means Prison, The New York Times. September 24.

Works for the Now, by Queer Artists of Color, T Magazine. June 29.

How These Seven Artists Use Their Work to Call for Change, Cultured. June 29.

Mafi, Nick. Young Black Artists Speak About the Role of Art in This Moment, Architectural Digest. June 16.

McLean, Matthew. Sable Elyse Smith Responds to the Rigged Logic of the US Criminal Justice System, Frieze. January 28.


Reid, Tiana. In “Banal Presents,” Three Black Artists Intervene in Vast Social Institutions, from the Prison System to Education, Art in America. December 19.

Homersham, Lizzie. Sable Elyse Smith, Artforum. December 14.

Mitter, Siddhartha. Silence Speaking Volumes: Artists Confront the Culture of Incarceration, The New York Times. August 1.

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.

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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.



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

Lauren Halsey: Kingdom Splurge (4), July.


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



Artist in Residence, Studio Museum in Harlem


Rema Hort Mann


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


Art Matters

Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art

Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture


The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee, WI

Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

ICA Miami, Miami, FL

The New School, New York, NY

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

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

Princeton University Library, Princeton, NJ

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

SFMOMA Library, San Francisco, CA

Smithsonian Libraries, Washington D.C.