Commissions + Collaborations

Art Invades the Museum Store

Saya Woolfalk's Diorama for Empathic Life

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  • Installation shot from Saya Woolfalk's diorama for Empathic Life in the Museum Store

  • Installation shot from Saya Woolfalk's diorama for Empathic Life in the Museum Store

  • Installation shot from Saya Woolfalk's diorama for Empathic Life in the Museum Store

Visit the Museum Store and you might suspect that you’ve stumbled upon a rift in the space time continuum. In an area where you previously would have found our usual displays of fantastic books, jewelry and gifts, you’ll encounter mysterious figures clad in elaborate costumes, emerging from an other-worldly terrain.

This fantastical diorama by former artist in residence Saya Woolfalk, titled Empathic Life (2010), allows visitors to engage with art beyond the museum galleries. Woolfalk is the first artist to participate in a new, ongoing project in which artists are invited to install artwork in the museum store. The diorama is a site-specific installation of pieces from Woolfalk’s recent exhibition at Real Art Ways, Institute of Empathy. Stop by the store to learn more about Empathic Life and experience it for yourself. Make sure to share your thoughts on Twitter and Facebook. We’d love to hear what you think!