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Christopher Sperandio
Associate Professor
Associate Professor of Visual and Dramatic Arts
 
e-mail:sperandio@rice.edu
 
Primary Department
   Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts
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Department Affiliations
 
  • Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts
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    Websites
     Kartoon Kings
     The Cargo Space
     
    Research Areas
     The intersection of museum and popular cultures. Public art, television and comic books.
     
    Kartoon Kings: Simon Grennan and Christopher Sperandio
     Simon Grennan and Christopher Sperandio's collaborative work explores the numerous margins between mass and museum cultures. The artists have collaborated on projects for the Museum of Modern Art & PS1MoMA, and museums in the United States, Scotland, Denmark and England. In 2006, Sperandio created and produced ARTSTAR, a reality television series now in its second season. ARTSTAR is based in the New York art world, and airs in the US on The Dish Network.

    Their work takes the form of comic books, television, painted installation, and web sites among other media. Their working methods include public solicitation and shared authorship with people from various walks of life. They've had two solo exhibitions at American Fine Arts, a landmark New York art gallery. The pair have produced new collaborative projects in Germany, England Scotland, Wales, Spain, and France. Their works has also been exhibited in Museums and University Galleries throughout the United States.

     
    Teaching Areas
     Painting and drawing
     
    Creative Works
     Other - Communities Router
     A community-based comics project, Various, Hong Kong (July 22-August 9, 2017)
     
     Exhibitions - Solo - Greenie Josephinie
     Display of my working process as part of my residency at SomoS Art House in Berlin, SomoS Art House, Berlin, Germany (Feb. 18-29, 2017)
     
     Other - Parables of Care
     16-page publication, Dr. Simon Grennan, Dr Ernesto Priego and Dr Peter Wilkins, Centre for Human Comuter Interaction Design, University of London (2016-2018)
     
     Commissioned Works - Portraits, Waddington
     Life-sized cartoon portraits of members of this community, Dr. Simon Grennan, Parish Council Ridges & Furrows, ArtsNK, Waddington, UK (June 2017)
     
     Exhibitions - Solo - Screening of TRUCE Tableaux
     Film screening as part of the Worlds Together Conference at the Tate Modern, London., Tate Modern, London, England (September 8, 2012)
     
     Commissioned Works - Street Pastor Stories
     15 cartoons for a local newspaper detailing the lives and motivations of street preachers, Peterborough Telegraph newspaper (UK), Peterborough (UK) (May - July 2012)
     
     Commissioned Works - TRUCE Tableaux
     A new work commissioned for the 2012 London Olympics. , Young people from Arc Theatre in Barking and Dagenham, BBC Live Sites across the UK, on Bus-Tops around London and online in the lead up to and during the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics., London, England (June 2012)
     
     Exhibitions - Solo - Becoming Modern
     Originally commissioned by Oriel Davies, this exhibition traveled to the National Museum of Wales, Grennan & Sperandio, The National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, Wales (29 September to 16 November 2008)
     
     Exhibitions - Solo - Becoming Modern
     Paintings inspired by Gwendoline and Margaret Davies' Italian journey of 1909, Grennan & Sperandio, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Wales UK (February 2008)
     
     Commissioned Works - Enter the OVERnote
     A web comic for CREATIVE TIME, Grennan & Sperandio, creativetime.org, New York, NY (Dec. 2008 - Jan. 2009)
     
     Commissioned Works - Get It Right!
     Five true-life anecdotes about coming to work in Britain, Grennan & Sperandio, (February 2008)
     
     Exhibitions - Solo - Giant Psychic Avatars of Salford
     Three massive blow-up figures embody the spirit of Salford, Grennan & Sperandio, The Lowry, Salford, UK (June 2008)
     
     Commissioned Works - Rubbing Shoulders
     The social network, unplugged, Grennan & Sperandio, FUTURESONIC Festival, Manchester, UK (May 2008)
     
     Commissioned Works - Ychydig Hanesion
     A series of Grennan & Sperandio portraits made with Denbighshire people, Grennan & Sperandio, Denbighshire Free Press, North Wales (May - July 2008)
     
    Presentations
     Lectures
     Christopher Sperandio talked about the work of Grennan & Sperandio on Thursday, Apr 10, 2008 at 4:30PM in the Film/Video Theater of the Wexner Center. After the talk, Sperandio signed copies of Kartoon Kings: The Graphic Work of Simon Grennan and Christopher Sperandio, in the Wexner Store.
     
    Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
     Innovative Research Grant, Humanities Research Center, Rice University (April 2012)

    Residencies & Summer Festivals
     Residency
     Communities Router. In residence in Hong Kong to develop a new, community-based comics project , Hong Kong. (7/15-8/10)
     SomoS Art House, Berlin. Arts residency in Berlin, resulting in a public presentation and display, Berlin, Germany. (1/1-2/29)
    Positions Held
     Visiting Professor, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. (2017 - 2017)

     Programming Board Member , Lawndale Art Center. (2012 - 2012)