Sable Elyse Smith (b. 1986, Los Angeles, CA) lives and works in New York. She received a BA from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta and an MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design, New York.
Solo exhibitions include Ordinary Violence at the Queens Museum, Queens, NY (2017) and Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI (2019); and How We Tell Stories to Children, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA (2018).
Smith’s work has been included in numerous landmark group exhibitions: The Milk of Dreams, 59th Venice Biennale (2022); Whitney Biennial 2022: Quiet as It’s Kept, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2022); Off the Record, Guggenheim Museum, New York (2021); Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America, New Museum, New York (2021); Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration, MoMA PS1, Queens (2020); Colored People Time: Banal Presents, ICA Philadelphia (2019) and MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge (2020); and Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon, New Museum, New York (2017).
Work by Smith is included in institutional collections including Brooklyn Museum; Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson; Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others.
Smith is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Queens Museum, Creative Capital, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, among others.
Publications include And Blue In A Decade Where It Finally Means Sky (JTT and Regen Projects, 2022), Ordinary Violence (Haggerty Museum, 2018), and LANDSCAPES & PLAYGROUNDS (Sming Sming Books, 2017).