American artist Sharon Hayes uses photography, film, video, sound, performance, and text to interrogate the intersections between the personal and collective sphere. Her deeply affective and queer approach to history and politics draws particular attention to the language of twentieth-century activism as well as drama, anthropology, and journalism. This book will be the first to feature all of Hayes’s most significant projects, from the ten-hour performance My Fellow American 1981–1988 to her monument addressing the absence of monuments to women in Philadelphia.
Julia Bryan-Wilson is an associate professor in the Department of History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley. Jeannine Tang is an art historian and critic who regularly contributes to Artforum, Theory, Culture & Society, and Afterimage. Lanka Tattersall is assistant curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.