Martine Syms: Incense, Sweaters, & Ice Film Screening

September 1, 2018 / 1:00pm

FREE + Open to all

1PM and 3PM Film Screening

Incense, Sweaters, and Ice (2017, 69 minutes) is artist Martine Syms’ first feature-length film. It follows two characters, Girl and WB (“whiteboy”) whose mundane experiences—documented by the camera like a third character—suggest the influence of surveillance and media on perception and identity. Syms shot the film in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Clarksdale Mississippi, three critical cities in the history of the Great Migration. It is interspersed with monologues by Queen White, the figure in Syms’ multimedia installation, An Evening with Queen White, an exhibition at MOCA this season.


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Generous support for MOCA Cleveland’s presentation of Martine Syms: An Evening with Queen White and correlating programs is provided by The City of Cleveland’s Cable Television Minority Arts & Education Fund of the Cleveland Foundation. Additional support provided by Sadie Coles HQ, and the Anselm Talalay Photography Endowment.

Sherwin-Williams is the official paint of MOCA Cleveland.

All current exhibitions are funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Leadership Circle gifts from anonymous donors, Yuval Brisker, Joanne Cohen and Morris Wheeler, Margaret Cohen and Kevin Rahilly, Becky Dunn, Harriet Goldberg, Agnes Gund, Michelle and Richard Jeschelnig, Donna and Stewart Kohl, Jan Lewis, Toby Devan Lewis, and Scott Mueller. 

All MOCA Cleveland exhibitions are supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, and the continuing support of the Museum’s Board of Directors, patrons, and members.