Sharon Hayes (b. 1970)
An Ear to the Sounds of Our History, 2011.
Installation consisting of various LP’s; Dimensions variable.
The exhibition also features An Ear to the Sounds of Our History (2011), a new series of works that draws upon the artist’s vast archive of spoken word vinyl records including speeches by John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Eldridge Cleaver, Angela Davis, Jackie Kennedy, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Grouping the album covers into “sentences” of varying lengths, Hayes looks at the systems of distribution that have determined whose voices predominate and whose have been all but forgotten to history.