Sharon Hayes,

79 Walker Street, New York, NY
T: (212) 219-0473

SHARON HAYES: After Before (2004)
Art in General
Special Presentation: November 9, 6-8 pm
Exhibition:October 1-December 17

As the second artwork supported by Art in General’s new commissions program,? Sharon Hayes will stage ten simulated protests throughout New York City from November 1 – November 9. This series of protests initiates? the work, in the near future,? which will continue through 2006. Each of these events will be documented by the attending audience. As part of PERFORMA05, on November 9,? Hayes will present this documentation in a performance-based presentation from 6-8 pm at Art in General.


In nine separate actions taking place November 1-9, 2006 at various locations throughout New York City, artist Sharon Hayes will stand on the street with a sign. These actions are the first iterations of Sharon’s new project, In the Near Future, which investigates the meaning and methods of protests and simulations of impending events. While the passers-by may become the general public of these actions, a second aspect of this iteration of In the Near Future invites another, more specific public to both witness and document the action. We are asking this public to document in a medium that can be projected, e.g. slide photography, digital photography, or digital and/or analog video. This documentation will be shown in an informal presentation on November 9, 6-8 p.m. at Art in General.

Schedule and locations of the actions are:

Tuesday, November 1st, 3-4 p.m., Union Square

Wednesday, November 2nd, 9-10 a.m., Broad St. (also Nassau St.), between Exchange Pl. & Wall St.

Thursday, November 3rd, 12-1 p.m., Madison Square Garden, 7th Ave. & 33rd St.

Friday, November 4th, 8-9 a.m., Times Square, 44th St. & Broadway

Saturday, November 5th, 3-4 p.m., Central Park, 59th St. & Columbus Circle

Sunday, November 6th, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 5th Ave., between 50th & 51st St.

Monday, November 7th, 11 a.m. -12 p.m., Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building, 125th St. & 7th Ave.

Tuesday, November 8th, 8-9 a.m., City Hall, Chambers St. & Broadway

Wednesday, November 9th, 10-11 a.m., Washington Square Park arch, Wash. Sq. North & 5th Ave.

Art in General will provide complimentary 35mm slide film and DV-tape to use for the documentation of this project, available during office hours at Art in General’s 6th floor front desk.

After the documentation, people are expected to either leave the used film(s) directly with Sharon on location or deliver it to Art in General before November 9th. Art in General will take care of the film processing. If you or your group chooses to shoot with a digital camera, those pictures can be emailed to artingeneral@gmail.com. If people would like to be credited for your/their work, they should include the name(s) in the email or with the used film.

After Before by Sharon Hayes, another, newly commissioned work by Art in General is on exhibition at the gallery until December 17, 2005.

Founded in Lower Manhattan in 1981, Art in General is a nonprofit organization that assists artists with production and presentation of new work.