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Virtual Spotlight Tour: Whiteness with Alexis Shotwell

Thu May 12, 2022 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Tickets are PWYC, starting at $5.

Canadian philosopher Alexis Shotwell leads a virtual tour of the exhibition Shary Boyle: Outside the Palace of Me where she offers her perspective on a group of works exploring the theme of “Whiteness”, which includes outsized privilege and legacies of violence.


Alexis Shotwell is a professor at Carleton University, on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin land. Her academic work addresses impurity, environmental justice, racial formation, disability, unspeakable and unspoken knowledge, sexuality, gender, and political transformation. She is the author of Knowing Otherwise: Race, Gender, and Implicit Understanding (Penn State Press, 2011) and Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times (Minnesota University Press, 2016).


A multi-sensory installation, Shary Boyle: Outside the Palace of Me explores how we see ourselves and each other through drawings, ceramic sculpture, life-sized automatons, two-way mirrors, coin-operated sculpture, and an interactive score.

Reimagining the museum as a collective performance space, Canadian visual artist and performer Shary Boyle mines histories of craft and obsolete technologies to connect our current realities to legacies of the past. Reversing the frame on her uncanny characters and their destabilized audience, she urges viewers to think critically about how we create both ourselves and the world we inhabit. Learn more

Exhibition Partners

Rosamond Ivey

Hal Jackman Foundation

Michelle Koerner

Contributing Sponsors

Partners in Art

The Hon. Linda Frum & Mr. Howard Sokolowski
Rosemary Phelan/The Langar Foundation
Diana Reitberger & Harry Beck
The Michael Young Family Foundation

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