Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Sharon Hayes

Civic Square Building

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 7 p.m.
Sharon Hayes is an artist who engages multiple mediums–video, performance, and installation–in ongoing investigation into specific intersections between history, politics and speech. Hayes’ work work addresses topics such as queer love, activism, and politics. She is concerned with developing new representational strategies that interrogate the present political moment as a moment that reaches simultaneously backward and forward; a moment that is never wholly its own but rather one that is full of multiple past moments and the speculations of multiple futures. From this ground, Hayes addresses political events or movements from the 1960s through the 1990s. Her focus on the sphere of the near-past is influenced by the potent imbrication of private and public urgencies that she experienced in her foundational encounters with feminism and AIDS activism. Hayes’ work been shown at the Venice Biennale (2013), the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, Tanya Leighton Gallery, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia among other venues. Hayes is the recipient of a Pew Fellowship (2016), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2014), the Alpert Award in Visual Arts (2013), an Anonymous Was a Woman Award (2013), Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship (2007). Hayes teaches in the MFA program at the Department of Fine Arts, Stuart Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania. A monograph on Hayes’ work was published last year as part of Phaidon’s Contemporary Artist series.

Photo credit: Gay Power 1971/2007/2012, a collaboration with Kate Millett and the Women’s Liberation Cinema, film still

Civic Square Building, Room 110