Artist Conversation: Shary Boyle

Sat, Sep 23, 2023

Join us on the opening day of MAD’s major new exhibition, Shary Boyle: Outside the Palace of Me, for a conversation with the artist and the exhibition’s curator, Sequoia Miller.  Moderated by MAD chief curator, Elissa Auther, the panel will discuss Boyle’s highly collaborative practice, how her uncanny imagery and figures throughout the exhibition evoke empathy and societal critique. Following the talk, Boyle will demonstrate her work with shadow puppets.

This event is free with Museum admission. Advance registration is highly recommended.


Shary Boyle works across diverse media, including sculpture, drawing, installation and performance. Highly crafted and deeply imaginative, her practice is activated through collaboration and mentorship. Boyle’s work considers the social history of figurines, animist mythologies, antiquated technologies, and folk art forms to create a symbolic, politically charged language uniquely her own.

Boyle’s work is exhibited and collected internationally. She represented Canada with her project Music for Silence at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, and her work has been featured at the 2017 Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale in South Korea and the 2021 Kaunas Biennial in Lithuania. Boyle is the recipient of Canada’s Hnatyshyn Foundation Award, the Gershon Iskowitz Prize, and holds a 2021 Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from the Ontario College of Art and Design University.

Sequoia Miller is the Chief Curator and Deputy Director of the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art in Toronto. He holds a Ph.D. in the History of Art from Yale University; an MA in Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture from the Bard Graduate Center; and a BA in Cultural Studies and Art History from Brandeis University. Recent curatorial projects include Magdalene Odundo: A Dialogue with Objects (forthcoming) and Ai Weiwei: Unbroken (2019) at the Gardiner. He is the author of The Ceramic Presence in Modern Art (Yale University Art Gallery, 2015) and a contributing author to Ceramic Art (Princeton University Press, 2023) and Simone Leigh (Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 2023). Sequoia has taught at the University of Toronto, Rhode Island School of Design, and Yale University. Prior to his academic and curatorial work, Sequoia was an award-winning ceramist who exhibited and led workshops across the United States.

Image: Shary Boyle, The Procession, 2020. Black stoneware, bronze, and textiles.

Outside the Palace of Me is organized by the Gardiner Museum, Toronto.

Generous funding was received by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. The exhibition was funded in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and with the support of the Consulate General of Canada in New York.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Please review our health and safety protocols before you arrive. MAD strongly recommends all visitors six months and older are vaccinated against Covid-19 and visitors ages two and up wear face coverings, even if vaccinated. Thank you for your cooperation.

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