Born in 1979 in Austin, Texas, USA
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Emily Mae SMITH

Emily Mae Smith creates lively compositions that offer sly social and political commentary, with a nod to distinct historical painting movements, such as symbolism, surrealism, and pop art. Her lexicon of signs and symbols begins with her avatar, an anthropomorphic broomstick figure. Simultaneously referencing the painter’s brush, a domestic tool associated with women’s work, and the phallus, the figure continually transforms across Smith’s body of work. By adopting a variety of guises, the broom and other symbols speak to contemporary subjects, including gender, sexuality, capitalism, and violence.

Smith has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Le Consortium, Dijon, and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut.

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education

2006 M.F.A. Visual Art, Columbia University, New York, NY, USA
2002 B.F.A. Studio Art, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA

solo shows

2023
- A Candle Makes Its Own Fuel, CFA Berlin, Berlin, Germany
- Habitats, Pond Society, Shanghai, China

2022
- Heretic Lace, Petzel, New York, NY, USA

2021
- Harvesters, Perrotin, Paris, France
- Speculative Objects, Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium

2020
- Kin, Simone Subal Gallery, New York, NY, USA
- Feast and Famine, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA, USA
- Ex Libris, Rockefeller Arts Center, Fredonia, NY, USA

2019 
- Avalon, Perrotin, Tokyo, Japan
- Matrix 181, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT, USA

2018
- Le Consortium, Dijon, France
- A Strange Relative, Genesis Belanger & Emily Mae Smith, Perrotin, New York, NY, USA
- Feast of Totems, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
- Henry+Smith, 39 Great Jones, New York, NY, USA

2017
- The Sphinx or The Caress, Simone Subal Gallery, New York, NY, USA
- The Little Apocrypha, collaboration Emily Mae Smith & Adam Henry, curated by Samuel Leuenberger and Elise Lammer, SALTS, Birsfelden, Switzerland

2016
- Tesla Girls, Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium
- Honest Espionage, Mary Mary, Glasgow, UK

2015
- Medusa, Laurel Gitlen, New York, NY, USA

2014
- Novelty Court, Junior Projects. New York, NY, USA

2011
- Neon Sigh, collaboration with Adam Henry, The Arcade, Nashville, TN, USA

group shows

2024 
- Styling Identities: Hair’s Tangled Histories, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT, USA (forthcoming)
- Long Live Surrealism! 1924 - Today, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX, USA (forthcoming)

2023
- He Said, She Said: Contemporary Women Artists Interject, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, USA
- Hollow Leg, Laurel Gitlen, New York, NY, USA 
- Time Travel, Italian Masters through a Contemporary Lens, Petzel, New York, NY, USA
- Room by Room: Concepts, Themes, and Artists in The Rachofsky Collection, The Warehouse, Dallas, TX, USA

2022
- Put It This Way: (Re)Visions of the Hirshhorn Collection, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., USA
- Sausage Party, Roldophe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium
- Out of Body, Out of Mind, The Warehouse, Dallas, TX, USA
- Artists Inspired by Music: Interscope Reimagined, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA, USA
- I'm Stepping High, I'm Drifting, and There I Go Leaping, Xiao Museum of Contemporary Art, Rizhao City, China

2021
- Dark Night of the Soul, Jason Haam, Seoul, South Korea
- Speaking Tree, Candice Madey, New York, NY, USA
- La Bohème, curated by Eric Troncy, Alfonso Artiaco, Naples, Italy
- Figure 9, curated by Ryan Travis Christian, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, IL, USA
- The Dreamers, 58th October Salon I Belgrade Biennale, Belgrade, Serbia
- Someone said that the world’s a stage, GRIMM, New York, NY, USA
- Bitter Nest, Perrotin, Tokyo, Japan 
- Works on paper, Alvaro Barrington, Ellen Berkenblit, Louise Bonnet, Chris Martin, Eddie Martinez, Emily Mae Smith, Betty Tompkins, Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium
- Alphabetic Image, Arsenal Contemporary, New York, NY, USA
- Works on paper, Jorge Pardo, Seth Price, Pieter Schoolwerth, Emily Mae Smith, Petzel Gallery, New York, NY, USA
- Nature Morte, The Hole, New York, NY, USA
- Neue Sachlichkeit, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany

2020
- ABSTRACTION: between Representation and Non-Representation, Jason Haam, Seoul, South Korea
- TITLE TBD, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH, USA
- Myselves, Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
- A Love Letter to a Nightmare​, Petzel Gallery, New York, NY, USA
- Art on the Grid, Public Art Fund, New York, NY, USA
- All of Them Witches, organized by Dan Nadel and Laurie Simmons, Jeffrey Deitch, Los Angeles, CA, USA
-Second Smile, The Hole, New York, NY, USA

2019
- Personal Private Public, Hauser & Wirth, New York, NY, USA
- Dark Laughter, curated by Barry Schwabsky, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London, UK 
- Words, Alexander Berggruen Gallery, New York, NY, USA
- The Smiths, Malborough, London, UK
- Home/Work, JDJ | The Ice House, Garrison, NY, USA
- Throwback Jack, curated by Amanda Schmitt, Fredericks & Freiser, New York, NY, USA
- Alternate Realities, Arsenal Contemporary, Montreal, Canada
- Magnetic Fields, curated by Cecilia Alemani, Gió Marconi Gallery, Milan, Italy
- No Patience For Monuments, Perrotin, Seoul, South Korea
- AXxoN N., Essex Flowers, New York, NY, USA

2018
- Summer, curated by Ugo Rondinone, Peter Freeman Inc, New York, NY, USA
- Pine Barrens, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY, USA
- Six Artists, Harper’s Books, East Hampton, NY, USA
- The Sun Is Gone But We Have The Light, Unclebrother, Hancock, NY, USA
- Dancing Goddesses, Dio Horia, Mykonos, Greece
- Texas, Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
- Buddy System, Deanna Evans Projects, Brooklyn, NY, USA
- Herding Cats Again, Catbox Contemporary, Ridgewood, NY, USA
- Tell Him What We Said About Paint It Black, 1 Mile Gallery, Kingston, NY, USA
- The Revolutionary Suicide Mechanised Regiment Band Part 2, Rob Tufnell, London, UK
- The Cruellest Month, Mother Gallery, Beacon, NY, USA
- Harper’s Books at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA, USA
- Any body suspended in space will remain in space until made aware of its situation, Temnikova & Kasela, Tallinn, Estonia 

2017
- Engender, Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
- Pharmacy for Idiots, Rob Tufnell, Cologne, Germany
- Women to the Front, Works from the Miller Meigs Collection, Lumber Room, Portland, OR, USA
- Her Eyes Are Like Doves Beside Streams of Water, Adams and Ollman, Portland, OR, USA
- Le Quatrième Sexe, curated by Marie Maertens, Le Coeur, Paris, France
- Sharper Image, Present Company, Brooklyn, NY, USA
- Eyes, Nose, Lips, Etc. Etc., Left Field Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

2016
- Scarlet Street, Lucien Terras, New York, NY, USA
- Me, Myself, I, China Art Objects Galleries, Los Angeles, CA, USA
- Surrreal, König Galerie (St. Agnes), Berlin, Germany
- What’s Up, curated by Lawrence van Hagen, Soho Revue, London, UK
- Untitled Body Parts, Simone Subal Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2015
- Unrealism, organized by Jeffrey Deitch and Larry Gagosian, The Moore Building, Miami, FL, USA
- Mrs. Benway, Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland, OR, USA
- I Dropped the Lemon Tart, Lisa Cooley, New York, NY, USA
- Six Advertisements, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY, USA
- Comic Relief, Levy/Delval, Brussels, Belgium
- Oh, Of Course, You Were Berry Picking, co-organized by Rosa Tyhurst, DREI Galerie, Cologne, Germany
- Six possibilities in painting (int.), curated by Fabian Schöneich and Samuel Leuenberger, Galerie Bernhard, Zurich, Switzerland

2014
- Help Is on the Way, organized by Sean Landers, Wasserman Projects, Birmingham, MI, USA
- Parallax Futured: Transtemporal Subjectivities, Skirball Museum, Cincinnati, OH, USA
- Kidnapped, eine Wohnungsausstellung, Petrus Entertainment, Berlin, Germany

2013
- Page 179, Artforum, September 2013, Brennan & Griffin, New York, NY, USA

2012
- Knowledge of the True Games, Know More Games, Brooklyn, NY, USA

2011
- Anonymous Presence, Y Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2010
- Portugal Arte 10 - Portuguese Biennial, Personal Freedom, Lisbon, Portugal

2009
- On From Here, Guild and Greyshkul, New York, NY, USA

2007
- Love in a Cold Climate, curated by Sima Familant and Lisa Schiff, Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston, MA, USA
- The Cement Garden, Marvelli Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2006
- Summer Salon, curated by Kate Werble, Gerald Peters Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2005
- The Love Below, Marvelli Gallery, New York, NY, USA

public collections

- Arsenal Contemporary, Montreal, Canada
- Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX, USA
- Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, USA
- Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH, USA
- Consortium Museum, Dijon, France
- Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, USA
- Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., USA
- MOCA, Los Angeles, CA, USA
- Powerlong Art Museum, Shanghai, China
- Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT, USA
- Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA
- Zuzeum Art Centre, Riga, Latvia

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2023

ELMGREEN & DRAGSET, JR, Koak, Jean-Marie APPRIOU, Iván ARGOTE, Daniel ARSHAM, Genesis BELANGER, Anna-Eva BERGMAN, Sophie CALLE, Julian CHARRIÈRE, Johan CRETEN, Jean-Philippe DELHOMME, Mathilde DENIZE, Lionel ESTÈVE, Jens FÄNGE, Bernard FRIZE, Laurent GRASSO, Vivian GREVEN, Hans HARTUNG, Charles HASCOËT, Thilo HEINZMANN, John HENDERSON, Leslie HEWITT, Gregor HILDEBRANDT, Dora JERIDI, Susumu KAMIJO, Bharti KHER, Klara KRISTALOVA, Georges MATHIEU, Takashi MURAKAMI, Sophia NARRETT, Katherina OLSCHBAUR, Danielle ORCHARD, Jean-Michel OTHONIEL, Paola PIVI, Gabriel RICO, Claude RUTAULT, Emily Mae SMITH, Jesús Rafael SOTO, Josh SPERLING, Tatiana TROUVÉ, Xavier VEILHAN, Bernar VENET, Pieter VERMEERSCH, LEE Bae, QI Zhuo, SHIM Moon-Seup

October 16, 2023 - November 10, 2023

paris

60 RUE DE TURENNE 75003 PARIS
2BIS AVENUE MATIGNON 75008 PARIS

Matignon - October+ group show

2022

Henni ALFTAN, Trevor BAIRD, Genesis BELANGER, Chris BOGIA, GELITIN, Elizabeth GLAESSNER, Vivian GREVEN, Ivy HALDEMAN, Sharon MADANES, Nikki MALOOF, Jesse MOCKRIN, Danielle ORCHARD, GaHee PARK, Veronika PAUSOVA, Christina QUARLES, Sarah SLAPPEY, Emily Mae SMITH, Michael STAMM, Jessica STOLLER, Young-jun TAK, Robin F. WILLIAMS, Mark YANG

September 3, 2022 - September 24, 2022

paris

10 IMPASSE SAINT CLAUDE 75003 PARIS

Finger Bang

curated by Genesis Belanger & GaHee Park

2021

Emily Mae SMITH

October 16, 2021 - December 18, 2021

paris

76 RUE DE TURENNE 75003 PARIS

Harvesters

Nina CHANEL ABNEY, Genesis BELANGER, Judy CHICAGO, Mark Thomas GIBSON, Faith RINGGOLD, Emily Mae SMITH, Chiffon THOMAS, Robin F. WILLIAMS

June 15, 2021 - July 17, 2021

tokyo

Piramide Building, 1F, 6-6-9 Roppongi, Minato-ku

Bitter Nest

2019

Emily Mae SMITH

August 28, 2019 - November 9, 2019

tokyo

Piramide Building, 1F, 6-6-9 Roppongi, Minato-ku

Avalon

Genesis BELANGER, Julie CURTISS, Nick DOYLE, Celia HEMPTON, Ridley HOWARD, Jessie MAKINSON, GaHee PARK, Sarah PETERS, Naudline PIERRE, Emily Mae SMITH, Jansson STEGNER, Ruby Sky STILER

April 4, 2019 - June 8, 2019

Seoul

1F 5 Palpan-gil, Jongno-gu

No Patience for Monuments

2018

Genesis BELANGER, Emily Mae SMITH

November 3, 2018 - December 22, 2018

new york

130 Orchard Street

A Strange Relative

"HARVESTERS" AT PERROTIN PARIS

"HARVESTERS" AT PERROTIN PARIS

Emily Mae SMITH

EMILY MAE SMITH "AVALON" AT PERROTIN TOKYO

EMILY MAE SMITH "AVALON" AT PERROTIN TOKYO

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