In-Person Factory 500 Program on the Greer Lankton Archive Digitization Project


Thursday, March 3, 2022
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Event Summary

FREE for Factory 500 and Patron Members

Throughout the spring, the Mattress Factory is celebrating the life and work of iconic queer trans artist Greer Lankton (1958-1996) and the conclusion of the Museum’s two-year digitization effort to make the largest Greer Lankton Archive collection accessible to the world – a project funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources and in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh. Join us in kicking off the celebration with an in-person Factory 500 event at the Museum. Members will enjoy an evening meeting with the phenomenal Archivists behind the digitization project, view never-before-seen Greer Lankton archival items and be the first to experience the brand-new online finding aid.

Complimentary food and drinks will be served.

To RSVP, register here or email 

The Lankton Archive, the keystone of the Museum’s Archives, is a 14,000+ item collection of personal objects belonging to the renowned artist, whose work is autobiographical and revealing of her obsessions. Lankton—a trans woman and key figure in the East Village art scene of 1980’s NYC—was best known for creating lifelike sewn dolls. Her artwork explores and questions norms of gender and sexuality, iconography, pop culture, consumerism and socially-engaged art. The mission of the Greer Lankton Archive Digitization Project is to preserve, contextualize, share, and make accessible this incredible collection in an inclusive way, and to actively reach out to the communities which Lankton was a central figure of. Click here to learn more about Greer Lankton.

Parking will be available in the lot at 505 Jacksonia St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212. Street parking will also be available.

The Mattress Factory asks all visitors and staff wear a mask inside our buildings when not eating or drinking.

If you have questions, contact Riley at 412-313-5410 or