Born May 1970.  Lives and works in New York City



University of California, Los Angeles, MFA, 2003

Whitney Independent Study Program, New York City, 1999-2000

Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, BA, 1992

Trinity/LaMama Performing Arts Program, New York, NY, 1991


Solo Exhibition


o.T.Raum für aktuelle Kunst, Luzern, Switzerland


Art-in-General, New York, NY

Room Gallery, University of California, Irvine

VideoIn, Vancouver, B.C., Canada


La Rebeca, Bogotá, Colombia


Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY


Parlour Projects, Williamsburg, NYC

‘Cambio de Lugar_Change of Place_Ortswechsel’ (with Andrea Geyer), Plattform, Galerie Paula Boettcher, Berlin, Germany

‘Cambio de Lugar_Change of Place_Ortswechsel’ (with Andrea Geyer), Signal, Malmö, Sweden


'Cambio de Lugar_Change of Place'(with Andrea Geyer), P.S. 1 Museum of Contemporary Art, Queens, NY 1999

'Living Room', DiverseWorks, Houston, TX




Exile of the Imaginary: Politics, Aesthetics, Love, Generali Foundation, Vienna, Austria


Wieder und Wider: Performance Appropriated, MuMok, Vienna, Austria 

Considering the Institution, Cornerhouse, Manchester, England

Knowing You/Knowing Me, Camera Austria, Graz (collaboration with Andrea Geyer) 

Cooling Out. On the Paradox of Feminism, Baselland, Switzerland; Kunstraum, Lüneburg (collaboration with Andrea Geyer)

In the Poem About Love You Don’t Write the Word Love, Artists Space, New York, NY

The F Word, The Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA 

Was Wäre Wenn #4, JET, Berlin, Germany

When Artists Say We, Artists Space, New York, NY


In the Poem about Love you Don’t Write the Word Love, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, Scotland

I Beg Your Pardon, or the Reestablishing of Cordial Relations, Vera List Center for Arts and Politics, New York, NY

Patriot, Contemporary Centre for Art, Baltimore, MD (with Andrea Geyer)


Habeas Corpus, Third Forum on Public Art, Mexico D.F. 

Imagine, Deitch Projects 

Republican Like Me, Parlour Projects, New York, NY 

LTTR: Practice More Failure series, Art in General, New York, NY

Bonn Biennial, Bonn, Germany

Foksal Gallery, Warsaw, Poland 

Yugoslav Biennial of Young Artists, Vrsac, Serbia and Montenegro 

Side Effects, Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro 

Shoot Yourself, San Francisco Cinematheque, San Francisco, CA


‘Repetition: Pride& Prejudice’, curated by WHW, Gallery Nova, Zagreb, Croatia 

‘GO!,' Liquidación Total, Madrid, Spain

‘Mix, 17, Resistance is Fertile’, New York, NY

‘Sandwiched’, Public Art Fund, New York, NY 

‘Western: Terms of Use’, Challotenborg Center for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark 

‘MFA Thesis Exhibition’, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 

‘Echo Sparks’, projection exhibition, Vienna, Austria

‘The Real Me’, Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA


‘Communique,’ Secondary Sources, Front Room Gallery, Williamsburg, NYC

‘Symbionese Liberation Army Screeds #13, 16, 20 & 29’, The Project, Los Angeles, CA

‘The Communicator Series’, Democracy When, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA

‘Cambio de Lugar_Change of Place_Ortswechsel’ (with Andrea Geyer), Social Sectors,Kunstalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria


‘The Interpreter Project, Kunstalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria 

‘The Interpreter Project’, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA


'Cambio de Lugar_Change of Place' (with Andrea Geyer), La Panaderia, Mexico D.F., Mexico

‘The Interpreter Project’, Whitney Independent Study Project, New York, NY


Five29NinetyNine: Symposium and Exhibition, New York, NY


'Keeping Up With The Jones', New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY




Low-Intensity Conflict, Swiss Institute, New York, NY 

Artists Cinema, Frieze Art Fair, London, U.K.


In the Near Future, PERFORMA05, New York, NY

In the Poem about Love you Don’t Write the Word Love, Argos, Belgium, Brussel


Spoken Word DJ, LTTR: Practice More Failure, Art-in-General, New York, NY 

My Fellow Americans, 1981-88, Parlour Projects, Williamsburg, NY 

Shoot Yourself, San Francisco Cinematheque, San Francisco, CA


Mix 17: Resistance is Fertile, New York, NY


(Re)collecting Eleanor Roosevelt, Kunstalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria


The Interpreter Project, La Panaderia, Mexico D.F., Mexico

The Interpreter Project, Sites of Collective Memory, symposium, New York, NY

The Lesbian, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME


The Lesbian, The Kitchen Theatre, Ithaca, NY                        

The Lesbian, DiverseWorks, Houston, TX                        

Five29NinetyNine: Symposium and Exhibition, New York, NY


The Lesbian, Dance Theater Workshop, New York, NY                     

Keeping Up With The Jones, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY


Lesbian Love Tour, 45 living rooms across country, USA                        

Joined at the Hip, Joseph Papp Public Theater, New York, NY                        

FITS, Dixon Place, New York, NY


Joined at the Hip, P.S. 122, New York, NY                        

How to Make Lemonade: A Demonstration Speech, P.S. 122, New York, NY              

How to Make Lemonade: A Demonstration Speech, H.E.R.E., New York, NY 


Rest Position, P.S. 122, New York, NY                         

Rest Position, W.O.W. Café, New York, NY                       

Stalling, Bennington College, Bennington, VT                        

Stalling, Dance Theater Workshop, New York, NY                        

Stalling, Brown University, Providence, RI



Julia Bryan-Wilson, Openings, “Julia Bryan-Wilson on Sharon Hayes,” ARTFORUM, May 2006, 278-9.

Johannah Burton, “Sharon Hayes,” ARTFORUM, March 2006, 294.

Cathy Lebowitz, “You Had to be There,” Art in America, February 2006, 51.

Shana Lukter, “Ghost of the Public,” X-TRA, Volume 8, Issue 1, 2005.

Marta Schwendener, “Sharon Hayes, 10 Minutes of Collective Activity,” TimeOut NY, August, 2003.

Benjamin Young, “In Translation,” Social Sectors catalogue, March 2002.

Mike Fleming, “Baffling Search for ‘The Lesbian,’” Houston Voice, June 11, 1999, 20. 

Anthony Connolly, “Inside the Lesbian Living Room,” Houston Voice, June 4, 1999, 13. 

Rachel Mattson, “Natural Herstory,” The Village Voice, November 24, 1998

Laurie Stone, “Sharon Hayes,” Out Magazine, November, 1998.

Wendy Weiner, “Don’t Fence Her In,” American Theater Magazine, March, 1998.

Joseph Carman, “The Grand Tour,” New York Blade News, November 6, 1998, Vol. 2, No. 4.

Julia M. Klein, “’’Lesbians in their Natural Habitat,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 10, 1998, E1.

Kevin Riordan, “Performance Artist explores many faces of lesbian life,” Courier-Post, September 8, 1998, Living Section. 

Suki John, “Shorthand,” The Village Voice, November 7, 1995.

Henry Baumgartner, “Visited on Me/Stalling,” Dancing on a Line, October 24, 1995.

Alice Naude, “Poetry and Motion,” Manhattan Spirit, Dance Pick, October 26, 1995.



“Familiarity, irony, ambivalence: an email conversation between Sharon Hayes and Yvonne Rainer,” Work the Room: A Handbook of Performance Strategies, oe and b_books: critical readers in visual cultures #8, ed. Ulrike Müller, Berlin, 2006.

“Conversation #3: December 14, 2005,” Who Cares, Creative Time Books, 2006, 97-143. 

“An Eye for an Ear and Vice Versa,” catalogue for Katya Sander, The Most Complicated Machines Are Made of Words, MUMOK, Vienna, Austria.

Now Entering Brooklyn, Public Art Fund, catalogue for Sandwiched, 2003. 

First Person: Performance from Mexico D.F. and Los Angeles, DVD, 2003. 

“Something Like a Bridge: A Conversation on the Occasion of “Gloria: Another Look at Feminist Art in the 1970s,” Conversation between Leslie Dick, Sharon Hayes, Mary Kellly and Kerry Tribe, X-tra, Volume 5, Number 3, 2003.

“notes on : Cambio de Lugar_Change of Place_Ortswechsel,” LeTTeR, Vol. 1, November 2002.

“Interpretations of the National Park Service,” Cabinet Magazine, Issue 7, Summer 2002.

“Problematic One,” Democracy When catalogue, May 2002, 15. 

“Unstable Realities: The Work of Lam Kin-Hung and Lana Lin,” The Wight Biennial catalogue, October 2002.




Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Swing Space 


Smack Mellon Artist Residency Program NYSCA Individual Artist Grant


Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, 120 Broadway Workspace, residency

Banff Centre for the Arts, IntraNation residency


International Arts Studio Program in Sweden (IASPIS), artist residency


Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education 


Charles Speroni Memorial Scholarship, UCLA 

Edward J. and Alice Mae Smith Scholarship, UCLA 


D’Arcy Hayman Award, UCLA 


New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship

MacDowell Colony Fellow 


Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME, artist residency

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