Samara Golden

Samara Golden (b. 1973, Ann Arbor, MI) is known for her immersive environments that transcend linear time and toggle between personal and collective spheres of experience.

Her previous installations—which have been exhibited at MoMA PS1, MOCA Los Angeles, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others—have explored the layers of consciousness through three-dimensional constructions, wherein hierarchies of thought, emotions, and experiences are unified into a singular psychological architecture

Artworks

Samara Golden,

Upstairs at Steve's,

2020. Full-size room installation. Solo exhibition at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia.

Samara Golden,

Upstairs at Steve's,

2020. Full-size room installation. Solo exhibition at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia.

Samara Golden,

Upstairs at Steve's,

2020. Full-size room installation. Solo exhibition at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia.

Samara Golden,

The Lamplighter’s Wooden Pajamas,

2019. Full-size room installation. Featured in exhibition, "Psyche als Schauplatz des Politischen" at Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany.

Samara Golden,

The Lamplighter’s Wooden Pajamas,

2019. Full-size room installation. Featured in exhibition, "Psyche als Schauplatz des Politischen" at Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany.

Samara Golden,

The Lamplighter’s Wooden Pajamas,

2019. Full-size room installation. Featured in exhibition, "Psyche als Schauplatz des Politischen" at Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany.

The Meat Grinder's Iron Clothes,

2017. Multi-level Installation with sound and Mirror. Featured in the 2017 Whitney Biennial at The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Samara Golden,

The Meat Grinder's Iron Clothes,

2017. Multi-level Installation with sound and Mirror. Featured in the 2017 Whitney Biennial at The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Samara Golden,

The Meat Grinder's Iron Clothes,

2017. Multi-level Installation with sound and Mirror. Featured in the 2017 Whitney Biennial at The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Samara Golden,

A Fall of Corners,

2015. Full-size room installation. Canada, New York

Samara Golden,

A Fall of Corners,

2015. Full-size room installation. Canada, New York

Multi media installation

Samara Golden,

A Fall of Corners,

2015. Full-size room installation. Canada, New York

Samara Golden,

Mass Murder (Installation View of Blue Room),

2014,

Dimensions variable,

Mixed media

Samara Golden,

Mass Murder (Installation View of Blue Room),

2014,

Dimensions variable,

Mixed media

Samara Golden,

Mass Murder (Installation View of Red Room),

2014,

Dimensions variable,

Mixed media

Samara Golden,

The Fireplace (Installation View),

2013,

Dimensions variable,

Mixed media

Samara Golden,

The Fireplace (Detail),

2013,

Dimensions variable,

Mixed media

Samara Golden,

Stereos,

2011,

Mixed media and live video

Samara Golden,

Rape of the Mirror,

2011,

Mixed media and live video

Samara Golden,

Bad Brains,

2011,

Mixed media and live video

Installation Views

Installation view, Upstairs at Steve's, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA, 2020

Exhibitions

Samara Golden, A Fall of Corners, Sep 12 – Oct 25, 2015

Publications

Samara Golden
Flat Side Of The Knife, 2017

Press

Penny Craswell "Dreamhome: Stories of Art and Shelter." ArchitectureAU June 23, 2023

Jacqui Palumbo "This artist is exhibiting a nightmarish display of intestines around the world." CNN December 8, 2022

Julia Halperin "5 Must-See Booths at Art Basel Miami Beach 2022, From a Fully Functioning Casino to a Gutsy Presentation by a Rising Star." Artnet December 1, 2022

Linda Morris "How Sydney Modern is helping solve art’s gender problem." The Sydney Morning Herald November 29, 2022

Andrew Berardini "Samara Golden." Artforum May 1, 2022

Jori Finkel "Samara Golden Is Spilling Her ‘Guts’." New York Times January 21, 2022

Olivia Jia "Samara Golden’s Memento Mori Give Shape to Grief." Hyperallergic February 9, 2021

Elizabeth Buhe "Samara Golden: Upstairs at Steve’s." The Brooklyn Rail February 1, 2021

Roberta Smith "Why the Whitney’s Humanist, Pro-Diversity Biennial Is a Revelation." The New York Times March 17, 2017

Katherine McMahon "L.A. HABITAT: SAMARA GOLDEN." ArtNews May 27, 2016

As told to Emily Spivack "The Story of a Thing: An Artist Fascinated by the Art of Magic." NY Times / T Magazine May 24, 2016

Jo-ey Tang "Samara Golden Yerba Buena Center for the Arts / San Francisco." Flash Art May 17, 2016

Nicole Kaack "Little Boxes: Samara Golden at Yerba Buena." ArtCritical April 23, 2016

Catherine Damman "Critic's Pick: Samara Golden 'A Trap in Soft Division." Artforum April 1, 2016

Alara Kap "Feature: Upside Down - Samara Golden." Based Istanbul April 1, 2016

"Samara Golden "A Trap in Soft Divison" at The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.." Autre March 28, 2016

Sami Emory "Artist Builds 18 Upside Down Rooms into a Gallery's Ceiling." CREATORS PROJECT/Vice Magazine March 22, 2016

Michael Slenske "A room with a view: Samara Golden's installations in San Francisco." Wallpaper March 16, 2016

Catherine Damman "Samara Golden: YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS." Artforum March 2016

Robin Pogrebin "Evolving Rooms." The New York Times February 26, 2016 c20

Robin Pogrebin "Philadelphia Museum of Art Finally Gets a Hopper... [Evolving Rooms]." The New York Times February 25, 2016

Myriam Ben Salah "Art Los Angeles Contemporary and Paramount Ranch." art agenda February 3, 2016

"Samara Golden." Art in America October 15, 2015

Ken Johnson "Samara Golden’s New Point of View in ‘A Fall of Corners’." The New York Times October 8, 2015

"Samara Golden." The New Yorker September 29, 2015

Cat Kron "Openings: Samara Golden." Artforum September

Kristin Lucas "Samara Golden." BOMB Magazine June 1, 2015

Kate Liebman "Samara Golden: The Flat Side of the Knife." The Brooklyn Rail April 2, 2015

Ken Johnson "A Profusion of Enlightenment." The New York Times December 25, 2014

Jennifer S. Li "Samara Golden." Art in America April 21, 2014

Jonathan Griffin "In Focus: Samara Golden." frieze April 1, 2014

Eli Diner "Samara Golden." Artforum April 1, 2014

Vera Neykov "In the Golden Room." Interview Magazine October 7, 2013

Andrew Berardini "Future Greats 2013: Samara Golden." ArtReview March 1, 2013

Andrew Berardini "Through the Looking Glass: Samara Golden." Mousse October 1, 2012 210-215

Scott Indrisek "...In Which The Magazine Inspires an Exhibition." Modern Painters October 1, 2012

Anne Martens "Reviews: Samara Golden." Flash Art January/February 2012

Tyler Coburn "Looking Back, Looking Forward: 3." ArtReview December 14, 2011

Kate Wolf "How Deep is the Ocean?." ARTslant November 27, 2011

Carol Cheh "Samara Golden's Rape of the Mirror Transforms NIght Gallery Into Beachside Villa in the 'Sixth Dimension'...With a Jacuzzi"."LAWeekly November 27, 2011

CV

b. 1973, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

  • Education

    • 2009

      MFA, Columbia University, New York, NY

    • 1995

      BFA, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN

  • Selected Solo Exhibitions

    • 2022

      Guts, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

    • 2020

      Upstairs at Steve’s, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA

    • 2016

      A Trap in Soft Division, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

    • 2015

      A Fall of Corners, Canada, New York, NY

      Always smile at the mask of hate for it covers a sad face, Frieze Projects, New York, NY

    • 2014

      The Flat Side of the Knife, MoMA PS1, New York, NY

      Mass Murder, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

    • 2012

      Bad Brains, Night Gallery Booth, Frieze Frame Art Fair, New York, NY