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Queer Maximalism x Machine Dazzle

Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)

Jan 1 @ 10:00 amFeb 19 @ 6:00 pm

Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)
2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY

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FREE

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Tue-Sun 10 am–6 pm

Explore the maximalist stagecraft, design, performance, and music of genre-defying artist Matthew Flower better known as Machine Dazzle. See 100 of the artist’s creations for stage, spectacles, and street theater, alongside a variety of environments, ephemera, material samples, photography, and video.

Look for sequins, glitter, feathers and beads, with found fantastical and found objects, such as ping pong balls, hoop skirts, slinkies and soup cans among Machine Dazzle’s living sculptures. Follow the metamorphosis of Flower, a closeted suburban kid from Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, into “Machine Dazzle,” the queer experimental theater genius.

Installed on two floors of the Museum, the multimedia exhibition also includes the first public installation of more than two dozen tour-de-force costumes created by the artist for himself and his long-time collaborator, Taylor Mac, to wear in the queer performance art concert production, Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (2016), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama.

Note that some of the works on view contain adult sexual content; ask a museum employee for guidance through the spacious exhibition.

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