EXPIRED Special Projects

Jason Lazarus at work on the commissioned installation  Recordings #3 (At Sea)  at SFMOMA, 2016; photo: © Henrik Kam

Jason Lazarus at work on the commissioned installation Recordings #3 (At Sea) at SFMOMA, 2016; photo: © Henrik Kam

Jason Lazarus’s T.H.T.K. Drop-Off Location: Sara Kay Gallery

Jason Lazarus’s T.H.T.K. (2010-Present) project preserves the painful memories that public participants have attached to private, intimate snapshots by serving as a repository and archive for images and photo ephemera that people have deemed “too hard to keep”: the love that is lost, the friend who has died, the house that no longer stands, the bruised cheek, the relationship that has turned ugly, the dream that was never attained, the promise unfulfilled. For the duration of Expired (March 4 – April 20, 2019), Sara Kay Gallery will act as a physical drop off location for submissions to Jason Lazarus’s T.H.T.K.

More information about Jason Lazarus’s T.H.T.K project is available here.

The Guidelines:

Submissions may include photographs, slides, photo albums, memory cards, unprocessed film, or any image-charged object. The artist does not need to know the reason that you cannot live with the photo or photo-object; the images are shown without explanation or attribution. “I am creating a repository for these images so that they may exist without being destroyed,” Lazarus explains. Please dictate whether the photographs you submit to the archive may be exhibited in the future, with other submissions to the archive, or are private photographs that are only to be displayed face down. All submissions are exhibited anonymously.



Jason Lazarus’s 202-456-1111 series for the ACLU and Planned Parenthood

Jason Lazarus,  Untitled (#79),  2018

Jason Lazarus, Untitled (#79), 2018


Jason Lazarus has been creating unique photograms of the White House phone number – which had been disconnected when the current administration took power – since the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States. Made quickly, and in the dark, ten hastily scrawled digits fill the frame. Referencing the language of protest signs, they convey a sense of anxiety and unease. 

The artist has a rare congenital condition, arthrogryposis, which is the same condition affecting The New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski – who was mocked by Trump on his presidential campaign trail. “The repetition of resistance requires close scrutiny,” Lazarus explains, “the lives of the targets of this administration are infinite, complex, and irreducible.”

Work from the 202 series will be exhibited alongside Lazarus’s Recordings #4 (Burying Stalin) installation at Sara Kay Gallery. 

Integral to the spirit of these works, all proceeds from the sale of Lazarus’s unique 202-456-1111photograms will be donated to Planned Parenthood or the American Civil Liberties Association (ACLU), at the selection of the collector who purchases the works.