Phoenix, AZ

ASU Art Museum proudly presents "Pillory" by Hugh Hayden

Sandy Casariego

PHOENIX, AZ - Collaborating with Hugh Hayden, ASU Art Museum proudly presents a new sculpture as the newest work in the museum's "Pilot Projects: Art. Response. Now." initiative.
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Lives Matter protests, the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, and a nationwide call are the momentum for museums to speak up about social justice and racial problems, Pilot Projects is a wagon to highlight artists and art in supporting the community well-being and creative free expression.

Expresses control, power and justice, the sculpture is named "Pillory" (2020). It was inspired by the death of George Floyd and many others, including Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Philando Castile, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.

The artist, Hayden, is a sculptor born in Dallas, Texas, in 1983 and studied as an architect at Columbia University for his master degree and Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University. Natural elements and recognizable objects are the material he usually uses in his work to create works that test viewers' perceptions of themselves, others, and the environment.

With strong dedication, the New York City resident's works have been showing in diverse group exhibitions, including at Clearing, New York (2018); PPOW Gallery, New York (2017); Postmasters Gallery, New York (2016); and Socrates Sculpture Park, New York (2014) and many more.

Hayden said, "I'd call the piece a doppelgänger or the synthesis of a pair of state-functioned doppelgängers of oppression that are centuries apart."

This project was placed at ASU Art Museum at 51 E 10th St, Tempe, AZ 85281 on April 9, 2021. You can enjoy the project starting tomorrow from Friday to Sunday, from July 16 through December 3, 2021. It's a free ticket session, so no need to think twice about coming.

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