The Summer 2010 issue of ArtPulse magazine includes an article that I wrote last May on the works of Sharon Hayes, whose recent installation Parole was featured in the 2010 Whitney Biennial. Hayes is a performance and video artist whose projects draw their inspiration from the gay rights movement, antiwar protests, American labor activism, and the ongoing discourse within academia about the influence of language on individual and social actions. The ArtPulse article examines several of Hayes’s major works, focusing on the way she has transformed her personal history, political concerns, and philosophical interests into art that is both emotionally compelling and intellectually rich.
An online version of the article can be found at this link. To learn more about Hayes and her work, you can check out her web site, her entry on the artists’ page at Tanya Leighton Gallery in Berlin, and her Whitney Museum page, all of which contain links to other articles about her. You can also find videos of some of Hayes lecturing at Creative Time here, and two videos of her public performances here and here.