Caryn Coleman is a New York-based curator and writer whose curatorial practice explores the intersection of cinema and visual art focusing on horror film’s influence on contemporary artists.
Currently the Senior Film Programmer at Nitehawk Cinema, she programs ongoing series Art Seen, Local Color, the Nitehawk Shorts Festival and Naughties along with curating repertory programs and special event screenings. She has worked with notable artists and filmmakers such as Aldo Tambellini, Aida Ruilova, Marcel Dzama, Ben Rivers, Zachary Heinzerling, Ben Wheatley, and Steven Soderbergh.
Coleman also writes the blog The Girl Who Knew Too Much, which received the 2012 Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Art Writers Initiative grant, and is co-editor of the philosophy journal Incognitum Hactenus. Her catalog essay for Diana Shpungin’s Drawing of a House (Triptych) will be published by SiTE:LAB in 2016. Curatorial projects include the artist film screenings The Nitehawk Shorts Festival: Art Seen, The Art of Fear and Sparkmarker along with Empty Distances at Mark Moore Gallery (June 2013), Film as a Social Art for the 2013 New York CAA conference, and Keep Moving: objects and architecture in the apocalypse at the Power Plant Gallery (2014). In 2015, she was guest lecturer and presented Contagious Allegories: Art. Film. Horror. Spectatorship. for the University of Oregon’s Connective Conversations supported by the Ford Family Foundation.
Previously, she was the Curator for the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts’ Art & Law Residency (2011 & 2012) and owned the art gallery sixspace in Los Angeles (2002-2008) / Chicago (1998-2000). She has worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and provided exhibition/publication research to Ralph Rugoff, Director of the Hayward Gallery. In addition to founding the seminal art.blogging.la, her writings have appeared in Harvard Design Journal, Fangoria.com, OnepluseOne Journal, VICE.com, Brighton Photo Fringe, LUX, Rue Morgue, the Modernist, Art Review online, Beautiful Decay, and Los Angeles Weekly.
Coleman received her MFA in Curating, with distinction, from Goldsmiths College.