jill magid


In the May 2017 New Yorker follow-up on Jill Magid — “What Happened After Mexico’s Greatest Architect Was Turned into a Diamond” — Alice Gregory writes, “Like Magid’s previous projects, ‘The Barragán Archives’ relies on expository paperwork and legal forms. Magid keeps meticulous documentation of everything relating to her work.”

We found an excellent match for Jill this summer in our legal intern, Anne Marie Lee-Edwards, a second-year law student at the University of Kansas. The volume of research on our project-in-development saw a tenacious bump — and now Anne Marie has agreed to continue on as a project researcher this fall from her home base back in Kansas City. Stay tuned to see what she helps to uncover.


museums / authority / ownership / power / value / legal ethics 




American artist Jill Magid’s work is deeply ingrained in her lived experience, exploring and blurring the boundaries between art and life. Through her performance-based practice, Magid has initiated intimate relations with a number of organizations and structures of authority. She explores the emotional, philosophical and legal tensions between the individual and ‘protective’ institutions, such as intelligence agencies or the police. To work alongside or within large organizations, Magid makes use of institutional quirks, systemic loopholes that allow her to make contact with people ‘on the inside’. Her work tends to be characterized by the dynamics of seduction, the resulting narratives often taking the form of a love story. It is typical of Magid’s practice that she follows the rules of engagement with an institution to the letter – sometimes to the point of absurdity. 

With solo exhibitions at institutions around the world including Tate Modern, London; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Berkeley Museum of Art, California; Tate Liverpool; the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam; Yvon Lambert, Paris and New York; Gagosian Gallery, New York; and the Security and Intelligence Agency of the Netherlands, Magid has received awards from the Fonds Voor Beeldende Kunsten and the Netherland-American Foundation Fellowship Fulbright Grant. Magid has participated in the Liverpool, Bucharest, Singapore, Incheon, Gothenburg, and Performa Biennials. She is an Associate of the Art, Design and the Public Domain program at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, and a 2013-15 fellow at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. An adjunct teacher at Cooper Union, Magid is the author of four novellas. Her work are included the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, Fundacion Jumex, and the Walker Art Center, among others.