‘Shary Boyle: Outside the Palace of Me’ at Museum of Arts & Design




Shary Boyle, Judy (detail), 2021. Iron, foam, textiles, electronics, motor, wax, human hair, oil paint, silicone, stoneware. Courtesy of the artist and Patel Brown Gallery. Photo credit: John Jones.

On September 23, 2023, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) will present the New York museum debut of Canadian visual artist and performer Shary Boyle. On view from September 23, 2023–February 25, 2024, Shary Boyle: Outside the Palace of Me explores the forces that create our inner and outer selves, both individual and collective. The multisensory solo exhibition of new works by the artist includes exquisitely sculpted ceramics, life-sized automatons, two-way mirrors, a coin-operated sculpture, and an interactive soundtrack. To help realize her creative vision for the exhibition, Boyle enlisted a team of collaborators, including a scenic designer, costume artist, robotics engineer, amusement park innovator, and acrylic nail artist. Each work in the exhibition is a testament to slow, skilled, passionate handcraft.

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