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Sharon Hayes


The Rhul Tearooms, 123 Sauchiehall Street Glasgow G2 3DD

24 April – 10 May 2020

[This project has been POSTPONED due to Covid-19]

We are so sorry to say that our planned public programme for this year's Glasgow International 2020 is postponed due to the global and local impacts of measures relating to the outbreak of Covid-19 (Coronavirus). This includes our new project with Sharon Hayes, the associated events and the launch of our new publication 'A Place for the Work and the Human Being'. We will be keeping everyone posted with future plans when they become clear, and hope to be able to share some online content in the meantime. For now though, we hope everyone can stay safe and healthy.

Read the statement from Glasgow International here.

Sharon Hayes’ major new project with The Common Guild is a continuation of her ‘Ricerche’ suite of films. It constitutes a contemporary inquiry into the “sexual problem” in the United States today, with nonetheless striking resonance with contemporary discourse across societies elsewhere. It continues  Hayes’ investigation of the act of public speech, and its intersections with history, politics, activism, queer theory, love and sexuality, through both the collective and the individual voice.

‘Ricerche’ is a project composed of multiple video works that use Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1964  film, ‘Comizi d’amore’ (Love Meetings), as a guidepost and framework for an examination of gender, sexuality and contemporary collective identifications.

Filmed by Hayes at different times since 2013, including during this critical election year in the US, the works feature a range of individuals, from students at the all-women’s college Mount Holyoke in Massachusetts, to the children of queer or gender non-conforming parents. Together the films present a complex oral document of self-definition and the construction of pubic identity as well as a living archive of the conflicts and coherences of this distinct moment in time. Each film is presented as ‘ricerche’ or research.

Hayes’ latest work, ‘Ricerche: two’ (2020), was filmed this year with members of womens’ tackle football teams in Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. The extended interview asks the players what they like about the sport, whether they feel different on and off the field and how playing football relates to other aspects of their lives. ‘Ricerche: two’ has been commissioned by The Common Guild.

This new film will be presented alongside existing works in the series; the single channel video ‘Ricerche: three’ (2013), and the diptych ‘Ricerche: one’ (2019). It is the first time these works have been shown together and in the UK. The exhibition is presented across the former Rhul Tearooms, a popular site of conversation and independent communion particularly for groups of city-dwelling women between the 1920s–1950s. Built in the 1920s, the building included an art gallery and multiple dining rooms.

Sharon Hayes (b. 1970, Baltimore, Maryland, USA) lives and works in Philadelphia, USA) is one of the most influential politically and socially committed artists working in the United States. She has been the subject of retrospectives at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm. Hayes’ work is part of the public collections of Tate, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Dallas Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen; Museum of Modern Art Warsaw, Warsaw; among many others. Hayes’ 5-channel video installation 'In My Little Corner of the World, Anyone Would Love You’ (2016) was co-commissioned by The Common Guild and Studio Voltaire, London.

Hayes holds the position of Associate Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Rhul Tearooms is a B-listed multi-storey building situated on Sauchiehall Street. Stretching across four floors, the Rhul was commissioned by James Craig Bakeries and designed by Glasgow architect James Carruthers (1872-1952). At the time of its opening in 1927 it was the largest and most luxurious of twenty such tearooms owned by Craig around the city. The establishment housed multiple dining and luncheon rooms decorated with marble, brass, classical ornamentation and rococo-style plasterwork which survives in the upper rooms.

Craig was an active collector of Scottish contemporary artists of the period, much of which was displayed at the Rhul which was known locally as ''the unofficial Art Galleries of Glasgow’’. The Rhul closed in 1957.

The Common Guild would like to thank Emma MacIntyre and Monica McRobert, Springford & Co, for their assistance in the realisation of Sharon Hayes, ‘Ricerche’.
The project is supported by Columbia Threadneedle Investments.

This exhibition is presented as part of Glasgow International 2020.

Image: Sharon Hayes, 'Ricerche: one', 2019.
2-channel HD video (HD video still).
Participants: Winter Collins, Orion Akash Phelps, Dylan Sumner.
Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighton, Berlin.

Venue Address

The Rhul Tearooms
123 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow G2 3DD

The Rhul is a 12-minute walk from Queen Street Station; and 5 minutes from the Centre for Contemporary Arts.


Screening / ‘Comizi d’amore’ (Love Meetings)
Event / Mason Leaver-Yap on Sharon Hayes