Featuring paintings, photographs, videos and sculptures by a selection of artists from the gallery’s programme, Between the Pages invokes the idea of the bookmark. This group of works points to the act of creating ‘aide-mémoires’ as a deeply human need to render the ephemeral concrete – a site to which the subject can always return. The selected works re-call quotidian moments or vast epochs that contemplate life’s transitory and fragile nature. Whether embodied by newsprint articles, archival photographs, mementos or meticulous charts, these works serve as invitations to newly orient ourselves in time. Between the Pages thus meditates on the potentials of an “active relationship to time, one where it becomes a boundless field of possibility”.
In 2020, I was gifted a print subscription to the New York Times. It was two months into the pandemic. The first newspaper arrived three days before George Floyd was murdered. Somehow in the midst of those massive transformations that were happening with me and around me, these newspapers became some kind of evidence of these almost unbelievable unfolding events.
Hayes's banner works are drawn from images of various protests held in the United States, from 1969 gay liberation protests to the current moment.
For Hayes, protest is composed of linguistic, choreographic, compositional, political, and emotional elements. The tense of a protest sign or banner is one entirely its own: past, present, and future at the same time. The newspaper stuck to the painted letters of each slogan agitate this tense as they fix the moment of production to a field of media representations of a current political atmosphere.
–Anna Lena Seiser Curator, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein [n.b.k.], Berlin
Sharon Hayes (born in 1970 in Baltimore, Maryland) lives and works in Philadelphia. She holds the position of Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. Hayes is one of the most influential politically and socially committed artists working in the United States. She has been the subject of retrospectives at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and New Museum, New York; among many others. Hayes’s work has been presented extensively in biennials and exhibitions, including the Seoul Mediacity Biennale; Venice Biennale; The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; and the Kunstinstituut Melly (née the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art), Rotterdam; just to name a few.
Her work is part of prestigious public collections internationally, including the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Tate, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Dallas Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen; Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), Berlin, among several others.
She is currently featured in major exhibitions at the Museum für moderne Kunst, Weserburg, curated by Ingo Clauß; the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, curated by Ruth Erickson; and Off Paradise, New York, curated by Nancy Spector. In 2023, Hayes will participate in ‘Art on the Underground’, Transport for London’s contemporary art commission programme and an exhibition at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna.