Sara Magenheimer

Sara Magenheimer

Born in 1981, Philadelphia, United States 

Lives and works in New York. 


2013 MFA Bard College   

2004       BFA The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  

   BA Tufts University

Sara Magenheimer (b. 1981, Philadelphia) is an artist based in New York. Her works  span a wide range of media: video, sound, performance, sculpture, collage, and installation. Magenheimer’s approach combines image and text in a bold way that aims to disrupt and broaden our typical perception of language. Her videos incorporate traditional filmic editing techniques alongside those inspired by music and collage. In syncopated progressions of pictures and words, Magenheimer pushes against the bounds of narrative, charting circuitous storylines through vernacular associations that invite individual interpretations. In 2018, the multi-channel video installation, NOON, was selected by the New Museum as part of  the window installations. A selection of Magenheimer’s films is also on view as part of the Museum’s ongoing Screen Series, curated by Margot Norton. 

Magenheimer has exhibited and performed at Brooklyn Academy of Music, the New York Film Festival, The Kitchen, White Columns, CANADA gallery, and MOMA PS1. Her works have been exhibited internationally at Futura Gallery in Prague, Czech Republic, Images Festival in Toronto, The Living Art Museum in Reykjavik, Iceland, the Performa 13 Biennial, International Film Festival Rotterdam, and C. off in Stockholm, Sweden. She has received commissions from Triple Canopy and EMPAC at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She was the recipient of a 2014 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant, 2015 Artadia Grant, and winner of the Prix De Varti at the 2015 Ann Arbor Film Festival. Magenheimer has authored “Notes on Art and Resistance A–Z,” a downloadable PDF completed over the year following the 2016 US presidential election. The text comprises a sequence of personal meditations on making art in a time of profound political and social change.

Magenheimer has been teaching since 1999 and is Assistant Professor of New Media at SUNY Purchase College. She has been a visiting artist at NYU’s Steinhart School of the Arts and at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. As an educator she is dedicated to extending the discourse around the moving image to include various other artistic practices. 

Group shows at Ceysson Gallery
LuLLabIES, New York
March 20 - May 01, 2021


2018 Sara Magenheimer: NOON, New Museum, New York, NY

2017 I Collect Neglected Venoms, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

      I Collect Neglected Venoms, The Kitchen, New York, NY

       Five Places First, Chapter NY, New York, NY

2016 FEELS EVERYTHING LIKE SHOPPING, Art In General + kim?, Riga, Latvia

      The Movie of the Same Name, COR&P, Columbus, OH 

2015       Slow Zoom Long Pause, JOAN, Los Angeles, CA

       False Alphabets, Recess, New York, NY

       The Rhythm of Plain White, Interstate Projects, Brooklyn, NY

2014 Soap Opera Pop Music, Document, Chicago, IL


2020 Hello? God is the Space Between Us. anonymous gallery. New York, NY

     Dear Delia . Shoot the Lobster. New York, NY

2018 Clay Club. Sculpture Center, Long Island City, New York

      Acoustic Holographic Language. Bureau Des Réalités, Brussels, Belgium

     Frame Structures . Magenta Plains, New York, New York

     I am a Scientist. V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark 

2017 GSM: Frequences on Sequences . National Radio, Reykjavik, Iceland

Sequences . Curated by Margot Norton. Kling & Bang Gallery. Reykjavik, Iceland

Surfacing . Curated by Cameron Martin. James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA

Body Language . Sara Magenheimer and Hannah Black. The High Line, New York, NY

2016 Freud’s Mouth . Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, Canada

      Chatham Square . Foxy Production, New York, NY

      MDF Blog . Planthouse, New York, NY

2015 White Rock #2SENSI2BCRITI . Curated by Siebren Versteeg. New Release Gallery, New York, NY

      CCCC (Ceramics Club Cash and Carry). White Columns, New York, NY

      Initial Conditions: Artists Make Spaces . Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT

      A New Use of the Self . The Luminary Arts, St. Louis, MO

      Hear: Time is Space . COR&P, Columbus, OH

      Playlist . Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, Montreal, Canada

     Telepathy or Esperanto? Futura Center for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic

2014     A Show of Hands . 247365 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

      Teen Glazed. Jane Harstock Gallery, Greenwhich House Pottery, New York, NY

      Purple States. Andrew Edlin Gallery. New York, NY

      The View from the Window. Chapter Gallery, New York, NY

      Which arbitrary thing are you. Cleopatra’s, Brooklyn, NY

      Artist Run. New Shelter Plan, Copenhagen, Denmark

     Brucennial . Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York, NY

     Amy Sillman: One Lump or Two. Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO


2013    Amy Sillman: One Lump or Two. ICA Boston, Boston, MA

      ABRIKA. Court Square, Long Island City, Queens

2012    Parallelograms . Online publication, Brooklyn, NY

2011    Alula Editions. Triple Base Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2010.   Residency . Berkeley Museum, Berkeley CA

    The Secret Society . Berkeley Museum, Berkeley CA