Sharon Hayes (Baltimore, 1970) is an artist and Assistant Professor at the Cooper Union, who lives and works in New York City. Her work is concerned with developing new representational strategies that examine and interrogate the present political moment, not as a moment without historical foundation but as one that is always allegorical, a moment that reaches simultaneously backwards and forwards. To this aim, she employs conceptual and methodological approaches borrowed from artistic and academic practices such as theater, film, anthropology, linguistics, and journalism.
Hayes’ work has been shown at the New Museum for Contemporary Art, the Guggenheim Museum, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Art In General, Artists Space, Parlour Projects, Andrew Kreps Gallery, Dance Theater Workshop, Performance Space 122, the Joseph Papp Public Theater, and the WOW Cafe in New York and at the Room Gallery at UC Irvine, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Track 16, Gallery 2102 and The Project in Los Angeles. In addition, she has shown at the Tate Modern in London, Museum Moderner Kunst and the Generali Foundation in Vienna, the Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin and in galleries, exhibition and performance spaces in California, Florida, Rhode Island, Texas, and Vermont, Bogotá, Berlin, Copenhagen, Malmö, Vienna, Vancouver and Zagreb as well as in 45 lesbian living rooms across the United States. Hayes’ work was shown in the 2010 Whitney Biennial and in Greater New York at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center. Additionally, her work was exhibited in the Istanbul Biennial in 2009, the Yokohama Triennial 2008, Guangzhou Triennial 2008 and PERFORMA05. Her collaborative piece, 9 Scripts from a Nation at War, made with Andrea Geyer, Ashley Hunt, Katya Sander and David Thorne was shown in Documenta 12 in Kassel, Germany and subsequently at the Tate Modern in London and REDCAT in Los Angeles.
2003. MFA, University of California, Los Angeles.
1999-2000. Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, New York, NY.
1992. BA, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, Magna cum laude.
1991. Trinity/LaMama Performing Arts Program, New York, NY.