Jill Magid

Jill Magid was born in 1973 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She cross-examines the frontiers between art and life, while underlining the absurd relation we entertain with institutions. Prompted by personal experience, the artist shows a strong interest in the relation between intimacy and power, and more precisely, in the existential condition of the individual inserted in the public sphere. She thus explores the emotional, philosophical and judicial tensions that bond us to the power of the institution. To do so, she stages in her works the dynamic connection, often based on seduction, between people and diverse bodies such as the army, the police or the secret service. Revealing the emotional charges generated by the links between the individual and structures of authority, her works often take the shape of a love parable, outlandish and odd. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cambridge, Massachusetts, Masters of Science in Visual Studies.

Cornell University. Bachelor of Fine Arts. Ithaca, New York

Lorenzo de Medici. Painting and Critical Theory. Florence, Italy

Expositions personnelles

Homage, RaebervonStenglin, Zürich, CH
Woman with Sombrero, Maz Museo, Zapopan, MX
Woman with Sombrero, Yvon Lambert, Paris, FR

Jill Magid : Woman with Sombrero, Art in General, New York, US
Art Basel Parcours, Art Basel, Basel, CH
Evidence Locker, Aksioma, Slovenia,  SI
Gothenburg Biennale, SE

Faust 24, Labor, Mexico City, MX
Failed States, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, US
The Status of the Shooter, Yvon Lambert Paris, FR
Failed States, AMOA-Arthouse Austin, US

Closet Drama, Berkeley Art Museum : Matrix Program Berkeley, US

A Reasonable Man in a Box, Whitney Museum New York, US

The Thicker the Glass, Yvon Lambert, Paris, Fr
Authority To Remove, Tate Modern London, UK
Objects To Be Handed Over Or Destroyed, Yvon Lambert, New York, US

The Thicker The Glass, Yvon Lambert Paris, FR
Article 12, at Stroom and the Dutch Ministry of Interior, The Hague, NL

With Full Consent, Gagosian, New York, US
Thin Blue Lines, Centre D’arte Santa Monica, Curated by Montse Badia, Barcelona, SP Evidence Locker, Berlin, GE
Libration Point, Curated by Jelle Bouwhuis, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, NL

Evidence Locker, Technical University Eindhoven, NL
Gambier Night, Public projection, Tschumi Paviliion Groningen, NL
Thomas Makes a Wish, Galerie L´Observatoire, Brussels, BE

Tall Tale Small Scale, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, NL

Facades, Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam, NL
Rhinestoning Headquarters, by System Azure, Permanent installation, Amsterdam Police

Headquarters, NL

Sélection d’expositions de groupe

Artist/Novelist, Museum of Modern Art, New York, US
Invocable Reality, MACBA, Barcelona, ES
The crime was almost perfect, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Netherland,NL
Don’t embarass the Bureau, Lunds Konsthall, Suède, SE
Mine? Or Yours?, The New School, New York, US

Random House, Arcadia Miss, London, GB
Gotenburg Biennial, Curated by Joanna Warsza, Suède, SW
Monkey Business : The Paradox of Value, Curated by Gregory Lang & Sophie Scheidecker Galerie Sophie Scheidecker. Paris, FR
Seven On Seven, Jill Magid with Dennis Crowley Rhizome, Tishman Auditorium at The New School, New York, US
The Book Lovers,  Elizabeth Foundation of the Arts (EFA), New York, US
No One Lives Here, Royal College of Art
Junkies’ Promises, Paul Kasmin, New York, US                 

Four Nights, Four Decades Video Series, The Power Station, Dallas, US
Bucharest Biennial 5, Romania
Cancelled, The Center for Book Arts, New York, US
Sculpted Matter, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, US
Mind the System, Find the Gap, Z33, BEFailed States, Bucharest Biennale, RO
Campaign, C24 Gallery, Curated by Amy Smith Stewart, New York, US
Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue ? La Maison Rouge, Curated by David  Rosenberg, Paris,
Now Here is also Nowhere: Part I, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA

Architecture of Fear, Z33, BE
Incheon Women Artists’ Biennal, KO
Secret Societies. To Know, To Dare, To Will to Keep Silence, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
The Singapore Biennial, Open House, Singapore, SG
Museum of Display, Antwerp, BE
Playtime, Yvon Lambert, NY, US

Free, The New Museum, Curated by Lauren Cornell, New York, US
A Place out of History, Museo Tamayo Mexico City, ME
A Theory of Vision: A Review, Centrum Sztuki Wspotczesnej Zamek Ujazdowski, PO
History of Art, The David Robert Art Foundation London, UK
Assume the Position, Townhouse Gallery Cairo, EG
S.M.A.K Going GAGA, Museum S.M.A.K présents GAGARIN The Artists in their Own Words, Ghent, BE

Espèces d’Espaces, Yvon Lambert, New York, US
Miami Basel : Oceanfront Projection at Creative Time, Creative Time Link Miami, US Image Search, PPOW, New York, US

Closer Beirut, Art Center  Beirut, LE
Capital Jewelers, Dust Gallery, Curated by Glen Henfeld, Las Vegas, US
The Man Who’s Shoes Squeaked, Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles, US

The New Normal, ICI and Artists Space, Curated by Michael Conner, New York, US My (Public) Space, Montevideo Time Based Arts, Amsterdam, NE
Under the Influence with John Baldessari, Jen DeNike, Nancy Holt, Tim Jackson,
Joan Jonas, David Jones, Jill Magid, Rachel Mason, Michele O’Marah, Robert Smithson. Curated d by Anat Ebgi. Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard and the Hessel Museum of Art, New York, US
The Armory Show, at Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York, US
Working Title, at Momenta Art Brooklyn, NY, US

Americans in New York, Michel Rein Gallery. Curated by Ami Barak: Matthew Day Jackson,
Marc Ganzglass, Jill Magid, Laurel Nakadate, Mika Rottenberg. Paris, FR
The Dotted Line, Curated by Cobly Chamberlain, Rotunda Gallery, Brookyn, US
Bare Life, Museum on the Seam Jerusalem, IS
Selected Works from Aspect Magazine, Axiom Gallery Boston, US
Extimity, FRAC Lorraine, FR
Lost and Found City, Curated by Bard Curatorial MA Program, Storefront For Art and Architecture and Orchard New York, US

Naked Life, Curated by Manray Hsu & Maren Richter, Museum of Contemporary Arts Taipei (MOCA Taipei), Taipei, TA
Lost and Found, Video Screening, Art in General, New York, US
Chaos Communication Congress, 23rd Annual Hackers Conference Art Exhibition Belin,GE
The Lost Highway Expedition, Project by the School of Missing Studies and Centrala
Foundation, Ljubljana, SL, Zagreb, CR, Novi Sad, Belgrade, SE, Skopje, MA, Pristina, KO, Tirana, AL, Podgorica, MO, and Sarajevo, BO
Balance and Power: Performance and Surveillance in Video Art, Curated by Michael Rush,
Rose Art Museum, Massachusetts, US
The 7th Side of the Die, Alona Kagan Gallery, Group Exhibition, New York, US
Supervision: Jill Magid and Nicoline van Harskamp, UCR Museum of Photography, California, US

And the Story Begins, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, NL
Berlin Art Fair, Galerie van Gelder, Berlin, GE
Balance and Power, Curated by Michael Rush, Krannert Art Museum, USA
Positioning statement, Image Cairo 3, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, EG
Evidence Locker, Technical University, Eindhoven, NL
DMZ 2005_Korea, A project between North and South Korea, Curated by Yu Yeon Kim, KO
HTMlles, International Biennial of Cyberart Montreal, CA
ADAM, Smart Project Space, Amsterdam, NL
On Patrol, De Appel, Amsterdam, NL

Evidence Locker, Tate Museum Liverpool, Liverpool Biennial, UK
Retrieval Room FACT, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK
Video Program De Balie, Facade Screen, Amsterdam, NL
Kunstrai, Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam, NL

FILM@33, TURF, Brooklyn, US
Yellow Pages, Curated by John Armeleder, Turm Gallery, GE

Surveillance and Control, World-Information Exhibition, Amsterdam, NL
Museum Night: Home Movies, Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam, NL
Married by Powers, with Paulina Olowska, TENT, Rotterdam, NL


Quartet, South London Gallery, UK

Closet Drama, Location One New York, US
The Redacted Manuscript, Museo Tamayo Mexico City, ME
The Redacted Manuscript, The New Museum New York, US

The Redacted Manuscript, Modern Mondays at Museum of Modern Art New York, US

Undergrounds, Tracey Williams Gallery New York, US

The FM Ferry Experiment, Staten Island Ferry, New York, US
The Bowery Poetry Club, with Ed Vas, New York, US
Lincoln Ocean Victor Eddy, with Ed Vas. Orchard, NY New York, US Lincoln Ocean Victor Eddy, with Ed Vas. Eyebeam New York, US
Performance A-Z, Storefront for Art and Ar chitecture New York, US

Intimate Relations… The Poetry Project, Curated by Corrine Fitzpatrick,
St. Mark’s Church, NY, US
Composite, with Bradley Pitts, Alona Kagan Gallery, New York, US

Kafkahouse, Manifestacao International de Performance, Belo Horizonte, BR

Rhinestoning Headquarters, Security Ornamentation Installation, Police Headquarters, Amsterdam

Unmade Facades, Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam, NL
Intimacy Collaboration, with Pure Luck Dance Group, De Parel Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
Intimates Unfolding, Xth Ave. Lounge, New York, US
Intimacy Collaboration, with Pure Luck Dance Group, De Parel Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
The Lap Cushion, Public performance, Boston, US
Monitoring Desire, Harvard Science Center, MIT Thesis Performance, Cambridge, US Lobby 7, MIT main lobby, Cambridge, US

KissMask, Public performance, Cambridge, US
Urban Attire, Public performances, Cambridge, US


AIVD, The secret service of The Netherlands, Permanent Installation, NL

LOVE, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Off the Record Commission, US

Liverpool Biennial International ’04, UK

Prix / Fellowship / Récompenses

Basis Stipendium, Fonds Voor Beldende Kunsten, NL

Mama Cash, Grant for Arts Culture and Media, US

The Reverse Torah, Project grant, Stichting Schürmann-Krant

Bank LaBouchere Stipend for Rijksakademie residency, NL
The Netherland-America Foundation Fellowship, Fulbright Grant, NL

La Flaneuse, Project grant, MIT Council for the Arts, US

The Lap Cushion, Project grant, MIT Council for the Arts, US

Jacob K. Javitz Fellowship, American Federal Government Fellowship,US

Walter King Stone Memorial Prize, Cornell University, Ithaca, US

Collections publiques

United States
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Jumex Museum, Mexico



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