Artist Sharon Hayes and scholar Rizvana Bradley join us to discuss the dynamic ways in which artists have used city sidewalks as a material and platform for their voices. This is the first conversation in the series Making the City Ours, which explores how artists have turned to public spaces to comment on social and economic disparities and suggest alternatives or solutions.
Sharon Hayes is a multimedia artist working with video, installation, and performance to investigate the intersections of history, politics, and speech. Hayes was an artist and activist in New York’s East Village scene in the 1990s. Her work addresses political events or movements from the 1960s through the 1990s. Her focus on the sphere of the near-past is influenced by the potent imbrication of private and public urgencies that she experienced in her formative encounters with feminism and AIDS activism.
Rizvana Bradley is Assistant Professor of the History of Art and African-American Studies at Yale. Her forthcoming book project is a recipient of a Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, and offers a critical examination of the black body across a range of experimental artistic practices that integrate film and other media. Bradley guest edited a special issue of the journal Women and Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, and has published articles in TDR: The Drama Review, Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, Black Camera: An International Film Journal, and Film Quarterly. She was a Helena Rubinstein Critical Studies Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
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