Sara Greenberger Rafferty (b. 1978, Evanston, IL) earned a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Columbia University, New York, NY. Drawing inspiration from a variety of sources including comedy, pop culture, and fashion, Rafferty produces image-based works in video, installation, photography, and mixed-media. Her practice is driven by an ongoing examination of contemporary and mid-20th century visual culture and considers the ever-changing implications for photographic images in the digital era. Rafferty is currently preparing for her solo exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, which will open in the fall of 2021.
Rafferty has exhibited widely since 2001, including solo exhibitions at MoMA PS1, New York; The Kitchen, New York; Eli Marsh Gallery at Amherst College, Massachusetts; Fine Arts Center Gallery at University of Arkansas; and a commissioned sculpture for the Public Art Fund. Gloves Off, the first traveling survey of her work with accompanying fully illustrated catalogue published by SUNY Press, completed a three-venue tour in 2017. The artist was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial and the 2014 Hammer Biennial in addition to group shows at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Oregon; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, California; and The Jewish Museum, New York, among many others. Her work is included in the collections of the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; the Yale University Art Museum, New Haven, CT; the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT; and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Rafferty is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Photography at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.