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Artist Talk with Christopher Sperandio


Christopher Sperandio (Associate Professor of Art, Rice University)

Christopher Sperandio's works map the numerous margins between mass and museum cultures. Since May 2020, he has maintained a daily drawing practice on Instagram as @pinko_joe. These single-panel drawings are anti-fascist, anti-racist, and pro-democracy, and this account has grown to over 22,000 followers. In June 2023, he was selected by the editors of PRINT Magazine for a PRINT Award in the category of Citizen Designer, recognizing the work and critical thinking brought by Sperandio to issues of social justice, community intervention, sustainability, and human rights across issues and borders. Sperandio's work has been the subject of museum exhibitions and art centers in the United States, Germany, Northern Ireland, Denmark, England, Scotland, Wales, Spain, and France. Commissioning institutions include MoMA/PS1, the Public Art Fund, Creative Time, London's Institute of Contemporary Art, Project Row Houses, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Wired Magazine, and DC Comics. Kuš!, Fantagraphics Books, Argle Bargle Books, and DC Comics have published his works. At Rice University, he's an Associate Professor of Art and founder of the Comic Art Teaching and Study Workshop. Sperandio's new daily webcomic,, launched on January 1, 2024. Sponsored by the Visiting Artist Series of the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Duke Arts, and the Office of the Dean of Humanities and Arts. The talk is free and open to the public.


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