Artist Talk: Thursday, November 2, 1pm
Reception: Friday, November 3, 5-7pm
Bringing together recent video, sculpture, and photography, Sara Greenberger Rafferty furthers her ongoing fascination with domesticity, the body, consumer culture, fashion, violence, and stand-up comedy in a kaleidoscopic view of contemporary culture on the edge. The boxing term “gloves off”—frequently used as a metaphor to characterize brutal political campaigns and post-9/11 military interrogation—aptly describes the subtle aggressions in American popular culture Rafferty lays bare. The exhibition features installations on walls and floors, a new video and multiple works, including one measuring 20 feet long, consisting of prints on acetate, painted and mounted on hand-cut Plexiglas. Rafferty presents these Plexiglas pieces as a “rogue’s gallery” of high-fashion figures. Like a row of mug shots in a police station, Rafferty mediates and exhibits figures in designer clothing sourced from retail websites.
Sara Greenberger Rafferty: Gloves Off is curated by independent curator and scholar Andrew Ingall and organized by The Dorsky Museum, SUNY-New Paltz. The exhibition travels to the University Art Museum, SUNY-Albany, before coming to the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery at Stony Brook University. Sara Greenberger Rafferty: Gloves Off is accompanied by a fully illustrated, 84-page catalogue co-published by The Dorsky and UAM. It includes a new essay by exhibition curator Andrew Ingall and an artist interview by UAM curator Corinna Ripps Schaming. Designed by Zheng Hu, the catalogue will be available online at SUNY Press.
Sara Greenberger Rafferty received her MFA from Columbia University in 2005. She has exhibited solo projects at The Kitchen, New York, MoMA PS1, New York, and The Suburban, Illinois. She has participated in many group shows at venues such as the Aspen Art Museum, Colorado; Neuberger Museum of Art, SUNY Purchase; Gagosian Gallery, New York; and the Jewish Museum, New York; and was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial.
The 2017-2018 Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery schedule is made possible by a generous grant from the Paul W. Zuccaire Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Friends of Staller Center.
Above: Installation view, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, 2017
Top: Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Jokes on You (detail), 2016; Acrylic polymer and inkjet prints on acetate on Plexiglas, and hardware; Courtesy the artist and Rachel Uffner Gallery, Photo: JSP Photography