Caryn Coleman is a New York-based film programmer, curator, and writer.
Currently the Director of Programming/Special Projects at Nitehawk Cinema, she directs the annual Nitehawk Shorts Festival and programs ongoing series that focus on independent New York filmmakers (Local Color), art and film (Art Seen), erotic films (Naughties), and books and film (Booze & Books) along with curating special repertory screenings. Focusing on special partnerships, she’s worked with MoMA, Tribeca Film Festival, Tribeca Film Institute, The Film Foundation, New York Film Festival, Brooklyn Comedy Festival, frieze magazine, the Strand Bookstore, Shudder, and VICE. Coleman has also worked with notable artists and filmmakers such as Aldo Tambellini, Aida Ruilova, Marcel Dzama, Ben Rivers, Zachary Heinzerling, Ben Wheatley, Chloe Sevigny, 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. In 2016, her essay Get Me Out of Here: the solemn geography of women in horror film was published in Harvard Design Magazine’s “Run For Cover” issue and her catalog essay for Diana Shpungin’s Drawing of a House (Triptych) was published by SiTE:LAB.
Curatorial projects include the artist film screenings Artists on Film at DePaul Art Museum (2016), 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.