Phaidon Contemporary Artist Series
Text by Julia Bryan-Wilson, Jeannine Tang, and Lanka Tattersall
Born 1970, Baltimore, Maryland. Lives and works in New York City.
If They Should Ask, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
In My Little Corner of the World, Anyone Would Love You, The Common Guild, Glasgow
In My Little Corner of the World, Anyone Would Love You, Studio Voltaire, London
Black Box: Sharon Hayes, Baltimore Museum of Art, Maryland
Nothing Will Be As Before, Tanya Leighton, Berlin
Artists for Studio Voltaire, Studio Voltaire, London
Department of Contemporary Art, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota
I can call this progress to halt, LACE, Los Angeles
Change of State, Essex Street, New York
The Revolution Will Not Be Gray, Aspen Art Museum, Colorado
Curators’ Series #9. Way of Living (curated by Arcadia Missa), David Roberts Art Foundation, London
In My Little Corner of the World, Anyone Would Love You
In ‘My Little Corner of the World, Anyone Would Love You’, Hayes is particularly looking at queer and feminist archives in the US and the UK documenting gay liberation, women’s liberation as well as the pre-lesbian liberation movements: Daughters of Bilitis (US) and Minorities Research Group (UK). Hayes is interested in the specific limits of gender, the anti-racist work done by lesbian, queer and transpeople of color to combat racism in white lesbian feminist groups and the historic and contemporary ways in which feminist, lesbian and queer political collectivities have expanded and constrained gender expression.
Additionally, Hayes’ work engages the intimacies of political collectives–both at times when movements are ascendant and at those times when they fail. Working from the content and form of archival materials, particularly the vast field of newsletters, Hayes will restage some of the affective forms of organization she encountered in the archive. Organization of labor, of community, of communication and public relations are of specific interest.
The title of the commission is derived from two sides of an Anita Bryant record (Side A: In My Little Corner of the World; Side B: Anyone Would Love You). Bryant was the US entertainer and Orange Juice spokesperson who became the leader of an anti-gay campaign in 1977 and was subsequently vilified by gay rights groups and activists for her outspoken homophobia.