Sara Greenberger Rafferty

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b. 1978
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY


Master of Fine Arts, Sculpture and New Genres, Columbia University School of the Arts, New York, NY

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography with Honors and Art History Concentration, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

Art in General, kim? Contemporary Art Center, Riga, Latvia (forthcoming)
Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY
Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland, OR

Friends, Halsey McKay, East Hampton, NY (with Andrew Kuo)

Remote, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY
Sara Greenberger Rafferty, The Suburban, Oak Park, IL

In Residence, Eli Marsh Gallery, Fayerweather Hall, Amherst College, Amherst, MA

Tears, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY
BANANAS, The Kitchen, New York, NY, curated by Matthew Lyons
SGR: Recent Photos and Videos, Eli Marsh Gallery, Fayerweather Hall, Amherst College, Amherst, MA

De/Feat and Drawings, Sandroni Rey Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Sara Greenberger Rafferty, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions and Performances

Laugh-In, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, San Diego, CA (forthcoming)
Pratfall Tramps, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA (forthcoming)

Ghost Currents, curated by Ryan Wallace, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
SHAPESHIFTING: Contemporary Masculinities, curated by Kitty McManus, Zurko, College of Wooster Art Museum, Wooster, OH
Paraprosdokians and Rubber Chickens, The Art Gym at Marylhurst University, Portland, OR
East Side to the West Side, curated by Brennan & Griffin, James Fuentes, Rachel Uffner, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY
Awkward Phase, Williamsburg, NY
Hammer Biennial, Public Fiction, Los Angeles, CA
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Spitball, curated by Progress Report, Storefront Ten Eyck, Brooklyn, NY
The Last Brucennial, 837 Washington Street, New York, NY
Ain,tings, curated by Ryan Steadman, Robert Blumenthal Gallery, New York, NY

Chick Lit: Revised Summer Reading,Tracy Williams Ltd, New York, NY, curated by Molly Rand and Pilar Vahey
Tenth Anniversary Show, Wallspace, New York, NY
Work, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York, NY
Jew York, UNTITLED and Zach Feuer, New York, NY
Static & Scrim, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Funny., FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY, curated by Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson
Photography Sculpture Figure, M+B, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Matthew Dipple
Rorschach, Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, NY, curated by Alex Glauber
Break / Step, Radiator Gallery, Long Island City, NY, curated by Eileen Jeng
RIOT, Selections from the Ann and Mel Schaffer Family Collection, Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY
What Do You Believe In, New York Photo Festival 2012, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Amy Smith-Stewart
The Infectious Corruption of Color, Archer Gallery, Vancouver, WA, curated by Blake Shell

Pure Freude, nationalmuseum, Berlin, Germany, curated by Johnny Mullen
The Idea of the Thing That it Isn't, Halsey McKay, East Hampton, NY, curated by Rachel Uffner
BNA: From Brooklyn to Nashville, ZieherSmith Pop-up Gallery, Nashville, TN
Pop-Up Gallery Portraits, Scot Cohen Realty, Hudson, NY
Perfectly Damaged, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY
Saturation, Paddle8, curated by Hikari Yokoyama
The Anxiety of Photography, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
Gold Records, Art Blog Art Blog, New York, NY, curated by Jon Lutz
Shame the Devil, The Kitchen, New York, NY, curated by Petrushka Bazin

NADA Sculpture Garden, Canyon Ranch, Miami Beach, FL
Playboys & Killjoys, Ambach & Rice, Seattle, WA
You Were There, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Thomas Duncan
Houdini: Art and Magic, The Jewish Museum, New York (traveling to the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA; Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA; Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison, WI)
Living with Art: Collecting Contemporary in Metro New York, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
3 × 3 × 3, APT Project Rooms, Brooklyn, NY
Precarity and the Butter Tower, CTRL Gallery, Houston, TX, curated by T. McGrath and Jackie Gendel
Transfer Function, ZieherSmith, New York, NY
Preconceived Iconography, Museum 52, New York, NY
Knock Knock, Fred Torres, New York, NY
Love & Theft, White Flag Projects, Saint Louis, MO

Forth Estate Editions Fourteen 30 Contemporary, Portland, OR
Pulp Fictions – Papierarbeiten, I Gruppenausstellung, Ferenbalm-Gurbrü Station, Karlruhe, Germany
Forth Estate Editions, Rhode Island School of Design Memorial Hall Gallery, Providence, RI
Kings County Biennial , Kidd Yellin, Brooklyn, NY, organized by Dustin Yellin and James Fuentes
Americana, Galleria Rubin, Milan, Italy
Evading Customs, Brown Gallery, London, England, organized by Lumi Tan and Peter J. Russo
I’m Feeling Lucky, P.P.OW, New York, NY, organized by Ad Hoc Vox (performance)
Chaperone, EFA Project Space, New York, NY, (film screening)
New Prints 2009/Spring, International Print Center New York, NY, selected by Polly Apfelbaum
New Frontiers, Ambach & Rice Gallery, Seattle, WA, curated by Elizabeth Burke
Put On, Circus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, curated by C. Asper, J. Dudley. E. Greenbaum
Off the Wall, Van de Weghe Fine Art, New York, NY

Without Walls, Museum 52, New York, NY
Forth Estate Editions, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Funny Not Funny, Bellwether Gallery, New York, NY
Trapdoor MetroTech Commons, Brooklyn, NY, presented by the Public Art Fund, New York, NY
Untitled (Vicarious): Photographing the Constructed Object, Gagosian Gallery, Madison Avenue, New York, NY
JACK*%SS, Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, NY
The Human Face is a Monument, Guild & Greyshkul, New York, NY, curated by Sara VanDerBeek
Fresh Kills, Dumbo Arts Center, Brooklyn, New York, NY, curated by David Kennedy-Cutler
Three Rooms: Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Shana Lutker, David Kennedy-Cutler, D’Amelio Terras Gallery, New York, NY

Display, Museum 52, New York, NY
Brian Bress, Ruby Sky Stiler & Sara Greenberger Rafferty, SUNDAY, New York, NY
Time-Based Art Festival 2007, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, OR, curated by Kristan Kennedy, Catalogue
Obscene Soft Sounds, Wallspace, New York, NY, curated by Janine Foeller and Jane Hait
For the People of Paris, Sutton Lane, Paris, France, curated by Sean Paul, Blake Rayne, Scott Lyall, Catalogue

Flash on the Screen, BASEKAMP, Philadelphia, PA, curated by David Dempewolf and Scott Rigby
VIEW 12: Heartbreaker, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Amy Smith-Stewart
Video Salon 6, 53 Hope Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, c/o E. Respini and J. Dyrenforth
Summer Windows (with Ruby Sky Stiler), Guild & Greyshkul, New York. NY
Bring the War Home, QED, Los Angeles and Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Drew Heitzler
Local Transit, ARTSPACE, Auckland, New Zealand, curated by Brian Butler and Christian Rattemeyer
The Metaphysics of Youth, Fuori Uso, Pescara, Italy, curated by Irina Zucca and Luigi Fassi
CLUSTER Participant, Inc., New York, NY and Espacio El Particular, Mexico City, Mexico, organized by Katie Holten
Space Between the Spokes K.S. Art, New York, NY
The Mind/Body Problem Artists Space, New York, NY, curated by Christian Rattemeyer

De/Feat screening, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NY
Asa Nisi Masa, Marvelli Gallery, New York, NY
Talk to the Land, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY
Annotations, Champion Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Public-Holiday Projects, Catalogue
Thesis Exhibition, Studebaker Building, New York, NY, curated by Jeffrey Uslip, Publication

Past Perfect, Kantor Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Francesca DiMattio
Hungry Eyes, Wallach Art Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Ali Subotnick, Brochure
Objects of Desire, Neiman Gallery, New York, NY
Global Consulting Group: Art in the Office, GCG, New York, NY, curated by Matt Keegan

Holiday Shopping II, Wallspace, New York, NY, curated by Robin Kahn
Tom Sachs Approved (as Sophie Spar), Printed Matter, Inc., New York, NY, curated by Tom Sachs, Catalogue
Rococo (announcer/MC), Supreme Trading, Brooklyn, NY

Book, Transformer Gallery, Washington, D.C., Brochure
Date, Northsix, Brooklyn, NY

The Worst of Gordon Pym continued..., Printed Matter, Inc., New York, NY, curated by Ian Cooper and Peter Crump, Publication
To Market To Market (as Sophie Spar), The Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Robin Kahn, Brochure
Nightie Nightmare, Northsix, Brooklyn, NY
Sophie Spar Sale, Printed Matter, Inc., New York, NY, Publication
Class, (solo) Red Eye Gallery, Providence, RI

Artist’s Writings / Curatorial

Artist Project: Top Tens, Art Papers, November / December, p. 44-45
Artist’s Book, &&&, Ethan Greenbaum, David Kennedy Cutler, and
Sara Greenberger Rafferty, New York: Paper Cuts, 2013
Organizer, Work, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York, June 27 – July 28, 2013
“Sons,” Internet as Material project area, Triple Canopy, Issue 18, April 18, 2013
“On Creating Reality, By Andy Kaufman,”, February 2013
“Boswell 1762,” Sara Greenberger Rafferty Pitches a Pilot, YA5, Volume 1, Issue 4, 2012
“Mom Made Meals,” White Zinfandel, No.2 F/W 2012: TV Dinners
“Orlando Script,” Possible Press, Vol 2, Issue 1, February 15 – May 15, 2011
Artist’s Book, Double Issue, full color on newsprint, staple-bound, 88 pages, 2010
“College Try,”, February 23, 2010
“Chemical Dependence,” Fantom 2, Winter 2010 (article on Liz Deschenes’ work)
Contributor, “I Like Your Work: Art and Etiquette,” New York: Paper Monument, 2009
“Master of None” in The Highlights /, February 2009
Artist’s Book, Entertaining Notions, 2007
Co-editor, with Matt Keegan, of North Drive Press annual publication and cultural project, 2005 – 2007
Catalogue essay: “You Know Nothing of My Work” in Bunch Alliance and Dissolve, Cincinnati: Contemporary Art Center, 2006, pp. 221-225
Curator, Thin Walls, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, Brooklyn, July – August 2006
Co-curator (with Matt Keegan) of NDP: The Movie, The Kitchen, New York, May 23, 2006
Interview with Eugene Mirman (comedian), Mean Magazine, May – June 2006, p. 30
Article on Andy Samberg (comedian), Mean Magazine, May – June 2006, pp. 57-60
Freelance writer for, New York, ongoing since 2005
“Carol Bove and Sara Greenberger Interview,” NDP#2, New York: North Drive Press, 2005
Contributor. “Person Entry: Alfred Barr,” Encyclopedia of 20th Century Photography, London: Routledge, 2005
Curator, “Sophie Spar Bazaar,” (2001) and "Sophie Spar Sale," (2000)
Artist’s Book, Social Studies Workbook, 1999


Diehl, Travis. "The Black Comb-Binding Club: Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair at MOCA Geffen," Objektiv, February 10, 2015.
"Portfolio: Sara Greenberger Rafferty." Art in America, December 2014, pp. 122-29.
Chan, Dawn. Artforum Critic’s Pick., December 2014.
Scott, Andrea. "Sara Greenberger Rafferty." The New Yorker, Dec 15.
Rosenberg, Karen. "Sara Greenberger Rafferty," New York Times, December 5.
Sara Greenberger Rafferty, "Exhibitions: The Lookout Art in," December.
Indrisek, Scott. "5 Must-See Gallery Shows in New York." Blouin, October 30.
Motley, John. "Sara Greenberger Rafferty draws parallels between comedy and art with visual puns at Fourteen30 Contemporary." The Oregonian, July 22.
Kron, Cat. "Artists in Conversation: Sara Greenberger Rafferty.", May 13.
Katz, Miriam. "Sara Greenberger Rafferty speaks with Miriam Katz." Whitney Biennial 2014. (exhibition catalogue), New Haven and London: Yale University Press, pp.381-82.
Saltz, Jerry. Meet 7 Artists Showing at the Last Whitney Biennial on Madison, New York Magazine, February 24, 2014, p. 93
"Black Box / White Cube: Adrienne Truscott & Sara Greenberger Rafferty," Movement Research Performance Journal #43, 2013
Cash, Stephanie. "Notorious Benglis Ad Stops the Presses," Burnaway, November 22, 2013
Smith, Roberta. "Work," New York Times, July 19, 2013, p. C26
Keeting, Zachary and Christopher Joy. "Sara Greenberger Rafferty,"
(video interview), Gorky's Granddaughter, May 14, 2013
Smith, William S. "Working NADA with Dan Byers," Art in America, May 13, 2013
McNelis, Ashley. "(Re)Presented: Sara Greenberger Rafferty," Bomblog, July 31, 2012
Kopie, Jeffrey. "Where's the Art At," New York Observer, July 30, 2012
Jovanovic, Rozalia. "Look at This! From Warhol to Taaffe at Phillips de Pury’s ‘Rorschach’ Show," New York Observer, June 26, 2012
"What's So Funny," Art News, December, 2011, Cover
Kiper, Dmitry. "Interview with SGR," Musée Magazine, Autumn No1, p. 72-82, 2011
Maine, Stephen. "Sara Greenberger Rafferty," Exhibition Review Art in America, November 2011, p. 166
Ferrando, Alexander. "Sara Greenberger Rafferty," Reviews Flash Art, November-December, 2011, p. 97
Adler, Alexander. "The Comic's Stage: Q+A With Sara Greenberger Rafferty," Art in America, September 12, 2011
"Sara Greenberger Rafferty: Remote," Critics' Picks, Time Out New York, Issue 826, August 25–September 7, 2011, p. 75
Barliant, Claire. "Signal Bleed," (catalogue essay), Remote, New York: Rachel Uffner Gallery and PictureBox, 2011
Ise, Claudine. "Sara Greenberger Rafferty and Ruby Sky Stiler," Critics' Picks, Artforum, May, 2011
Thompson, Matthew. Texts by Anne Ellegood and Jenelle Porter. Foreword by Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson. The Anxiety of Photography, (exhibition catalogue), Aspen: Aspen Art Press, 2011
Goddard, Peter. "Houdini’s Inescapable Influence," Toronto Star, December 30, 2010
Martin, Richard. "Scare Tactics," Miami Magazine, December 2010, p. 56
Milano. "Social Studies Workbook by Sara Greenberger Rafferty and The OG Vol. 3 by Amy Sillman," Paperweight, August 6, 2010
Rosenberg, Karen. "Works From Six Collections, in a Dialogue of Contradiction," New York Times, June 25, 2010, p. WE7
Duke, Katherine. “Comedy as Artistic Strategy,”, April 2010
Doran, Anne. “Sara Greenberger Rafferty: ‘Tears,’” Time Out New York, October 15, 2009, p. 54
Schwendener, Martha. “Messing with the Medium,” Village Voice, October 14, 2009, p. 38
Wolff, Rachel “See Here Now,” New York Magazine, October 12, 2009. pp. 62-63
Knight, Nicolas. “Six Gallery Reviews, September 2009,”
Scott, Andrea. “Sara Greenberger Rafferty," The New Yorker, September 28, 2009, p. 13
Anic, Luara Calvi. "Um ovo frito, por favor." A Mentira é a Nova Verdade, #90, August, 108-110
Smith, Roberta. "Sara Greenberger Rafferty: Tears," New York Times, September 11, p. C27
Jon Lutz. "Sara Greenberger Rafferty,", September 7
Zucker, Kevin. "Interview with Sara Greenberger Rafferty," JoyQuarterly, Spring 2009, pp. 79-80
Bors, Chris. "Diana Kingsley in New York,", February 5, 2009
McAdams, S. "Sara Greenberger Rafferty BANANAS Vlatka Horvat Or Some Other Time," The Brooklyn Rail, February 2009
O'Neill-Butler, Lauren. "500 Words: Sara Greenberger Rafferty,", December 23, 2008
Wailes, Andrew. "A Waffle Grows in Brooklyn," Columbia Daily Spectator, December 4, 2008, p. 4
Wright, Jeffrey C. "Finding little stars in non-art objects," The Vilager, Vol. 78 – No. 27, Dec. 3-9, 2008
Hoos, Michele. "Public Art Grows in Brooklyn,", Culture Section, November 7, 2008
Morgenthau, Josh. “Fresh Kills and Josh Azarella,” The Brooklyn Rail, May 2008
Scott, Andrea. “All in the Family,”, May 1, 2008
Smith, Roberta. “Listings: The Human Face is a Monument,” New York Times, April 25, 2008
Virno, Paolo. “Jokes and Innovative Action: For a Logic of Change,” Artforum, January 2008, p. 253, (image of work used for illustration)
L.A. Weekly Art Critics. “Our Favority Shows and Artifacts: Art to live for,” LA Weekly, December 26, 2007
Churchill, Abbye. “North Drive Press Publishes Pandora’s Box,” TOKION, December 2007, p. 134
”An Evening at the Bonsoir: Sara Greenberger Rafferty,”, Sept. 10, 2007
Beradini, Andrew. “Sara Greenberger Rafferty,” ArtUS, March-April 2007
Brooks, Amra. “Must See Art: Sara Greenberger Rafferty,” LA Weekly, December 27, 2006
Pollack, Barbara. “Bring the War Home,” Time Out New York, August 3-9, 2006, p. 68
Núñez-Fernández, Lupe. “Object of the Week – NDP 3,”, July 26, 2006
"ETC.: Projects arranged by Matt Keegan at Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York," New York: Andrew Kreps, 2006
McNamara, TJ. “Portrait Painting by Numbers,” The New Zealand Herald, May 31, 2006
Sholis, Brian. “Road to Ruin, New York,”, May 29, 2006
Fassi, Luigi and IZ Alessandrelli. "Metaphysics of Youth." Pescara, Italy: Artenova – Fuoriuso, 2006 (Exhibition catalogue)
Zucca Alessandrelli, Irina. “The Joke Teller: Interview with Sara Greenberger Rafferty,” Label Magazine (Torino, Italy), April 2006, pp. 84-87
Smith, Roberta. “Art in Review: Talk to the Land,” The New York Times, Nov. 11, 2005, p. E36
"Champion One," Los Angeles: Champion Fine Art, 2005 (Exhibition catalogue)
Sterling, Kristin. “SOA Artists Bend Themes of Perception and Reflection in Thesis Exhibit,” The Record, May 18, 2005, p. 18