Sharon Hayes Named Fall 2015 Teiger Mentor in the Arts

Work by Sharon Hayes
Hayes performs Everything Else Has Failed! Don’t You Think It’s Time For Love? outside the United Bank of Switzerland in New York City in 2007. Photo courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton Gallery. photo / Andrea Geyer
Work by Sharon Hayes
We the People (2009), installation view, Context Gallery, Derry, Ireland.
Work by Sharon Hayes
In the Near Future, Vienna (2006), detail from a multiple-slide-projection installation. Photo courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton Gallery.
Hayes performs Everything Else Has Failed! Don’t You Think It’s Time For Love? outside the United Bank of Switzerland in New York City in 2007. Photo courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton Gallery. photo / Andrea Geyer We the People (2009), installation view, Context Gallery, Derry, Ireland. In the Near Future, Vienna (2006), detail from a multiple-slide-projection installation. Photo courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton Gallery.
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August 24, 2015

The Department of Art at Cornell University has named Sharon Hayes as the Teiger Mentor in the Arts for the fall 2015 semester. Hayes, who is based in New York City, has exhibited in galleries and museums in the U.S., Europe, and South America. She uses a variety of media including video, performance, and installation to investigate the intersections between history, politics, and speech.

"I think this is a timely moment for Sharon Hayes to be here given how in today's political landscape, we increasingly witness a rhetorical short-circuiting of the liberatory potential of language and history," says Michael Ashkin, associate professor and chair of the Department of Art.  "Her engagement with the past as a still-potent force in relation to our present and future has much to teach us about the habits of thought we are continually lulled into accepting despite our own watchfulness."

Hayes is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2014), the Alpert Award in Visual Arts (2013), an Anonymous Was a Woman Award (2013), and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship (2007), among others. She has had recent solo exhibitions at Andrea Rosen Gallery (New York City), Tanya Leighton Gallery (Berlin), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York City), and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid). Her work has been shown at the 2013 Venice Biennale, the Museum of Modern Art (New York City), the Guggenheim Museum (New York City), and numerous museums and venues in Europe and the Americas.

Hayes will visit campus multiple times during the fall semester, and spend several days during each visit meeting and working with students. She will deliver a public lecture titled "Women's Liberation is a Lesbian Plot and Other Anachronisms" on September 21 at 5:15 p.m. in Milstein Hall.

The Teiger Mentor in the Arts Program was created with a gift from David Teiger '51, a graduate of the School of Hotel Administration. Until his death in the spring of 2015, Teiger was a contemporary art collector and patron of curatorial projects and exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. Hayes is the fifth Teiger Mentor. Previous mentors have been Alejandro Cesarco, Shannon Ebner, Leslie Hewitt, and Josiah McElheny.