Born 1970, Baltimore. Lives and works in Philadelphia.
Tanya Leighton, Los Angeles
Come Out, Come Out, Art on the Underground, Transport for London
What Do We Want, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin
Whitney Biennial 2024: Even Better than the Real Real Thing, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Allegory of Happiness, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto, Trento, Italy
On the Passage of a Few People through a Rather Brief Period of Time, University Art Gallery, University of California, Irvine
It’s Human Nature?, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg (forthcoming)
Comizi d’Amore, Georg Kargl, Vienna (forthcoming)
Contemporanea International Film Festival, Turin (forthcoming)
(Wahl-) Familie, Die, Wir, Sind, Kunstmuseum Ravensburg
What is the Proper Way to Display a Flag?, Museum für moderne Kunst, Weserburg
Paint the Protest, Off Paradise, New York
To Begin Again: Artists and Childhood, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
Shifting the Silence, SFMoMA, San Francisco
Performing Past-Present: Transforming Reenactment, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, Pennsylvania
A Decade of Acquisitions of Works on Paper, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
After August Sander, Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Siegen
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.