Mitchell Syrop 


Born: Yonkers, New York, 1953

Lives in: Los Angeles.

Education: 1978, MFA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA

    1975, BFA, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY


One Person Exhibitions


2011 WPA Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2004 Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2001 Spokane Falls College, Spokane, WA

1998 "The Same Mistake", Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1997 Galeria Oliva Arauna, Madrid, Spain

1996 Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1994 "Why I Wish I Was Dead", Santa Monica Museum of Art

1993 "Paralysis Agitans", Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Galeria Oliva Arauna, Madrid, Spain

1992 Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1990 Galeria Oliva Arauna, Madrid, Spain Lieberman & Saul Gallery, New York, NY

1989 University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

Lieberman & Saul Gallery, New York, NY

1988 Kuhlenschmidt-Simon, Los Angeles, CA

1987 Matrix Gallery, University Art Museum, University of California, Berkeley, CA

1986 Kuhlenschmidt-Simon, Los Angeles, CA

1984 Richard Kuhlenschmidt Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


Group Exhibitions


2011 “On the Line” Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, curated by Cody Trepte

2008 “California Video”, J. Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA

“Index: Conceptualism In California From The Permanent Collection”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

2007 “Good Morning Midnight”, Casey Kaplan Gallery, NYC

  “Reality is an Activity of the Most August Imagination”, Rental Gallery, Los Angeles 

2006 “Tomorrow Land: A Tribute to CalArts”, Museum of Modern Art, NYC

“What Does This Mean? The Narrative Tradition”, Tampa Museum of Art, FL

“Rocktobersurprisefest”, Glendale College Art Gallery

2005 “Imagination …” The Rental Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (organized by Andrew Hahn)

2004 "Life Is With People: Lisa Lapinski & Mitchell Syrop", Richard Telles Fine Art, L.A., CA

"Sign Language", Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

2003 Karl Haendel, Richard Kraft, Mitchell Syrop, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

1997 "Trace", Randolf Street Gallery, Chicago (curated by Kerry James Marshall and Jane Saks)

"Four Los Angeles Artists," Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney International, Sydney, Australia.

"Transformaciôn", Fundacion Marcelino Botin, Santander, Spain

"Adolescents", Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY

"After Pierre Menard", Chapman University, Orange, CA (organized by Project X Foundation)

1996 “Works from the Collection of Aaron & Ann Nisenson", Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA

1995 "From L.A. With Love," Galerie Praz-Detavallade, Pans.

"A Glimpse of the Norton Collection: As Revealed by Kim Dingle," Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

1994 "Mindquake", Breda, Netherlands

1993 "Not Painting: Some Views of the Permanent Collection", Museum of Contemporary Art, L.A. (organized by John Baldessari and Alma Ruiz)

"Commodity Image", International Center of Photography, New York, NY; Kunsthal, Rotterdam,

Netherlands; Bass Museum of Art, Miami; High Museum, Atlanta, GA; Castello Rivara, Turin, Italy; Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; Laguna Art Museum, CA

“L.A. Stories," Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles

"X-Treme Research," California State Univ, Los Angeles (organized by Project X Foundation)

1992 "Special Collections: The Photographic Order from Pop to Now", International Center of Photography, NYC; Fondatiori Deutsch, Lausanne, Switzerland; Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA; Bass Museum of Art, Miami, FL; Museums at Stony Brook, NY; Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada; Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

1991 "Body/Language", the Lannan Foundation, Los Angeles, CA

"Individual Realities", Sezon Museum, Tokyo; Tsukashin Hall, Osaka, Japan, (Organized by California International Arts Foundation)

"Different Stories: Five Views of the Collection", Newport Harbor Art Museum

1990 "Hacia el Paisaje" (Toward Landscape), Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas, Spain, catalog

"L.A.: My Third Lady", Tanja Grunert Gallery, Cologne, Germany.

"Word As Image: American Art, 1960-1990"; Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX

"Constructing A History: A Focus on MOCA's Permanent Collection", Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Roy Boyd Gallery, Los Angeles.

"I to Eye," Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1989 "A Forest of Signs: Art in the Crisis of Representation", Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

"AIDS Timeline", University Art Museum, Berkeley, CA; the Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT (organized by Group Material)

"The Photography of Invention: American Pictures of the Eighties", National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis,

"Loaded," Richard Kuhlenschmidt Gallery, Santa Monica.

"Logical Conclusion," Jan Kesner Gallery, Los Angeles.

1988 "Town Meeting", the DIA Foundation, New York, NY (organized by Group Material)

"Striking Distance", Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA; Fresno Arts Center and Museum, Fresno, CA; University Art Gallery, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

"Recent Art From Los Angeles," Cleveland Center For Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH

1987 "Avante-Garde In The Eighties", Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; catalog

"CalArts: Skeptical Belief(s)", Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, IL; Newport Harbor Art Museum, CA

"L.A. Hot & Cool", List Visual Art Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

"Visual Paradox: Truth and Fiction in the Photographic Image", Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygen, WI

"The New Who's Who", Hoffman-Borman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; curated by Marvin Heiferman

"Industrial Icons," University Art Gallery, San Diego State University, San Diego.

1986 "Products & Promotion", San Francisco Cameraworks, S.F. CA; Franklin Furnace, NYC

"TV Generations", Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (L.A.C.E.), Los Angeles, CA (organized by John Baldessari and Bruce Yonomoto)

La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA

"Meanwhile Back at the Ranch," Kuhlenschmidt-Simon Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.

"Heading Them Off At The Pass," The Arts Festival of Atlanta, curated by Ron Jones

Kuhlenschmidt-Simon Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1985 "Word/Image", New Langton Arts, San Francisco, CA

"Public Art", Nexus Contemporary Arts Center, Atlanta, GA; North Carolina Museum of Art,   Raleigh, NC

"Blow Up," Feature, Chicago.

"Engagement," Feature, Chicago

“New Order," Feature, Chicago

Richard Kuhlenschmidt Gallery Los Angeles.

1984 "Video: A Retrospective/Long Beach Museum of Art, 1974-1984", Long Beach Museum of Art, Long

Beach, CA Richard Kuhlenschmidt Gallery, Los Angeles.

1983 "Los Angeles/New York Exchange", Artists Space, New York, NY

Richard Kuhlenschmidt Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 

1980 "30/60 TV Art", Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA; Fine Arts Gallery, CSU Northridge

1979 "Eleven Artists", Nexus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. (organized by the Foundation for Art Resources)

"Watch It. Think It.", KCOP-TV, Channel 13, Los Angeles, commercial broadcast. Sponsored by the Long Beach Museum of Art




1995 Metropolitan Transit Authority, Los Angeles, CA

1990 Los Angeles Central Library, Los Angeles.

1989 Seattle Arts Commission, Seattle, WA

Public Art Fund, Spectacolor Lightboard, Times Square, New York

The Progressive Corporation, Cleveland, OH

Norton Family Foundation, Santa Monica, CA

1987 Fellows of Contemporary Art and the Community Redevelopment Agency, Los Angeles, CA


Film and Video Screenings


2006 Tribute to CalArts, Museum of Modern Art, NYC

2004 "Miscellany", Mario's Furniture, Los Angeles; Mountain Bar, Los Angeles

1994 "Scratching The Belly of the Beast: Cutting Edge Media In Los Angeles", Film Forum, Los Angeles

1989 "Television: For Real", Laforet Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Halle Sud, Geneva, Switzerland; the Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY; Gallery F15, Moss, Norway

1988 "Minding Media," New York University, New York; Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI;

distributed by Video Data Bank.

1987 KCET, Channel 28, Los Angeles, CA University California, San Diego, UC Santa Cruz 

1986 "Nouvelles Frontieres", Paris, France 

University of Illinois, Chicago, IL 

Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

1985 Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis.

1984 Toledo Modern Art Group, Toledo, Ohio.

1983 Bologna Video Festival, Italy; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA; Artists Space, New York, NY; Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA

1982 University of California, Los Angeles. 

1980 Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles.




1987 National Endowment for the Arts, Artist Fellowship, Public Collections

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

International Center of Photography, NYC

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Lannan Foundation, Los Angeles

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA

Norton Family Foundation, Santa Monica CA

Nora Eccles Harrison Museum, Ogden, UT;

Progressive Corporation,

San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA

Seattle Arts Commission, Seattle, WA

Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, FL




2012 Taft, Catherine, review, Artforum Magazine

2007 Smith, Roberta, review, New York Times

Cotter, Holland, review, New York Times

Douglas McClemont, review, Saatchi Online

2004 Carlson, Lance, review, Art US 

1998 lannaccone, Carmine, review, Frieze, 6-98

Pascher, Stephan, review. The Thing,; 4-98;

1997 Perchuk, Andrew, catalog essay, "After Pierre Meynard", Chapman University, 2/97;

1996 Tumlir, Jan, review, Artweek, 3/96

Calame, Ingrid, review, Art Issues, 3/96;

1994 Green, David A., "K.l.T. and Have a Bitchin Summer", Los Angeles Reader, 4/8/94

Pagel, David, "Syrop's 'Dead': Chilling, Mind Boggling", Los Angeles Times, 4/7/94;

1993 Duncan, Michael, Art In America, 12/93

Muchnic, Suzanne, review, ArtNews, 12-93

Huici, Fernando "Identidad Y Memoria", El Pais, 5-17-93, Spain;

1992 Weissman, Benjamin, review, ArtIorum, 11/92

Martin, Tim, "THEM: Mitchell Syrop's Reconstructed Student Body", cover story, Art Issues, 9/92

Knight, Christopher, "Constellations: Yearbook of Adolescent Yearning", Los Angeles Times, 4/23

Heyler, Joanne, "High School Referential: Syrop Turns Yearbook Images Into Environment", Los Angeles Reader, 5/1/92;

1990 Danvila, Jose Ramon, "Mitchell Syrop, El Otro Sentido de la Palabra", El Punto Spain, 12/90

Jimenez, Pablo, "La Palabra de la Imagen en Mitchell Syrop", ABC, Spain, 12/27/90

1989 Hapgood, Susan, review, Art in America, 12/89

Drohojowska, Hunter, "Stop Making Sense", feature article, ARTnews, 10-89

Wilson, William, review of "Forest of Signs", Los Angeles Times, 5/7/89

Goldstein, Ann, "Forest of Signs", catalog essay, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 5/89.

1988 Raczka, Robert, "MOCA Sights Local Artists in Striking Distance", New Art Examiner, 6/88

Goldstein, Ann, "Striking Distance", catalog essay, MOCA, Los Angeles, 4/88;

1987 Cubbs, Joanne, "Truth and Fiction in the Photographic Image" catalog essay, Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygen, WI, 12/87

Friis-Hansen, Dana, "L.A. Hot and Cool", catalog essay, M.I.T., List Visual Arts Center, 11/87

Lewallen, Connie, essay, Matrix Gallery, Univ. Art Museum, Berkeley, CA, 11/87

Cotter, Holland, "Eight Artists Interviewed", Art In America, 5/87

Relyea, Lane, review, Art In America, 3/87

Gardner, Cohn, review, Artforum, January, 1987;

1986 Drohojowska, Hunter, "The Artists Who Matter: L.A.'s New Scene Makes History", Antiques & Fine Art, 12/86

Suderburg, Erika, "Penetrating Coverage", Artweek, 11/8/86

Knight, Christopher, "Darwin Meets Madison Avenue in Syrop's 'A Plied Art'", Los Angeles Herald

Examiner, 11/12/86

Gardner, Cohn, review, Los Angeles Times, 10/24/86

Stein, Donna & Zelevansky, Lynn "Products and Promotion", catalog essay, San Francisco Cameraworks, 9/86

Rugoff, Ralph, "Art Scene L.A.", profile, L.A. Style, 7/86

1984 Knight, Christopher, "Mitchell Syrop's Art: Ads With A Graphic Twist", Los Angeles Herald Examiner, 5/2/84

Drohojowska, Hunter, review, L.A. Weekly, 4/13/84;

1983 Martin, Timothy, "Headhunters" catalog, L.A.C.E., L.A., 9/83

Knight, Christopher, "Art That Makes Familiar Objects Seem Remote", Los Angeles Herald Examiner, 8/14/83

Russell, John, review, New York Times, 6/24/83

Larsen, Susan, "Los Angeles/New York Exchange", catalog, Artists Space, 5/83

Brumfield, John, "On Meaning and Significance", Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art's Journal, 10/1/83;

1978 Stodder, John, "Thirty Seconds in Prime Time", Artweek, 11/10/78, El Otro Sentido de la Palabra", El Punto Spain, 12/90

Jimenez, Pablo, "La Palabra de la Imagen en Mitchell Syrop", ABC, Spain, 12/27/90