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Biography

JOHN SPARAGANA (b. 1958, New York/Lives in Houston and New York)​

John Sparagana is the Grace Christian Vietti Chair in Visual Arts and Chair of the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts at Rice University. Sparagana’s publications include Sleeping Beauty: A One Artist Dictionary, with Mieke Bal, University of Chicago Press, 2008; Reading Revolutionaries, with Reto Geiser, Benteli, 2014; and Projectile, with Reto Geiser and David Grubbs, Drag City, 2021 (upcoming). On the occasion of Sparagana’s 2019 solo exhibition, Shatter, Corbett vs Dempsey published the monograph John Sparagana, covering five series completed between 2016-2019. 

His work has been shown internationally, most recently with exhibitions in Los Angeles, Berlin, Chicago, Houston, New York, and Zürich, and is included in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, CA, USA; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), Houston, TX, USA; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL, USA; Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, USA; Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA; and Fine Arts Museum System of San Francisco (Legion of Honor, de Young Museum, & Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts), San Francisco, CA, USA among others.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2022    
John Sparagana: Splendid Isolation (Forces at Work), Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino, Houston, TX, USA

2021    
Projectile, Soccer Club Club, Chicago, IL, USA

2020    
Cosmic Meteorites & Other Burners, Corbett vs Dempsey, Chicago, IL, USA

2019    
Shatter, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, IL, USA

2017    
John Sparagana: Breather, Sicardi | Ayers | Bacino Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
Superman Variations, Susanne Vielmetter Projects, Los Angeles, CA, USA 
Small Sculpture, Corbett vs Dempsey, Chicago, IL, USA
RAIR@50, Beyond the Gift of Time", Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, NM, USA

2016    
Themesong Variations, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, IL, USA

2015    
Bemis Painters, 1985-2005", Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE, USA

2013    
Crowds and Powder, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, IL, USA

2012    
Geronimo, Rice University Public Art Program, BRC, Rice University, Houston, TX, USA

2011    
Going Down For The Third Time, Bryan Miller Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
Geronimo, Sox, Berlin, Germany
Between The Eyes, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, IL, USA

2009    
The Crisis Professionals, CTRL Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

2008    
John Sparagana, CTRL Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

2007      
Afternoon Hallucinogenic, Priska C. Juschka Fine Art, New York, NY, USA

2006     
What the Child Saw, What the Lover Saw, What the Killer Saw, moniquemeloche, Chicago, IL, USA

2005    
People Everywhere are Stoned, Mixture Contemporary Art, Houston, TX, USA

2004      
People Everywhere are Tired, Modern Culture, NY, USA
Sleeping Beauty, Mixture Contemporary Art, Houston, TX, USA

2002    
I Wait For You Every Night, Rice University Media Center, Houston, TX, USA
Swoon, Wall Installation, James Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

2001    
Sublime, James Gallery, Houston, TX, USA

Selected Public Collections

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, USA

Fine Arts Museum System of San Francisco (Legion of Honor, de Young Museum, & Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts), San Francisco, CA, USA

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles, CA, USA

Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL, USA

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), Houston, TX, USA

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, USA

Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE, USA

Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA, USA