The Mattress Factory stands in solidarity with the Black community, of Pittsburgh and nationally, and all those who fight for justice. Sibyls Shrine, an arts collective and residency program rooted in the radical care, rest and support for Black women, womxn, trans women, and femmes who are m/others and identify as artists, creatives, and/or activists.Statements of solidarity like this are necessary. To be silent is to be complicit. But statements are not enough. As a museum, we realize that cultural institutions profit and grow their profiles from the work of Black artists and creatives. And as an educational and community institution, we cannot celebrate Black history but fail to acknowledge today’s struggles and the need for immediate action. As a small step now, our support must transcend words alone. In honor of our upcoming exhibition SHRINE opening on June 17, the Mattress Factory will donate 100% of its revenue for all membership sales (new, upgrades and renewals) in the month of June to
Learn more about our various membership levels and benefits. As a reminder, every membership level grants free and unlimited visits to the Mattress Factory for a full year, plus many other incredible discounts such as early access to exhibition openings, member-exclusive artist talks, discounts at the MF Shop and Boxspring Café, and more!
Purchase your membership today to support Sibyls Shrine and Black creatives now, and encourage others to learn more and give more to Black artists in our community.
Pittsburgh-based artist and Sibyls Shrine administrative director Jessica Gaynelle Moss presents a tripartite program that uplifts and recognizes Black m/others, artists, creatives, and/or activists, and honors sacred and holy spaces— or shrines– as sites of resistance and liberation struggle:
- SHRINE, a formal 6-month exhibition of six site-specific immersive installations, opening June 17th through December 30th, 2022 in our Monterey Annex (located at 1414 Monterey Street). Exhibiting artists include Naomi Chambers, Renée Cox, Mary Martin, LaKeisha Wolf, Alisha B. Wormsley and sarah huny young.
- SANCTUARY, a one-day public outdoor event that celebrates over ten local entrepreneurs and small businesses, on June 17th from 6-8pm at the 1400 Block of Monterey Street (between Jacksonia Street and Sampsonia Way). Featured artists include Schereéya, Marietta Altenor, Dail Chambers, Nikki Delice, Chere Gordon, Desa Kishar, and Tiara LaShawna.
- ALTAR, an experimental satellite gallery that is embedded directly within community, from June 1st, 2022 through June 30th, 2022. Featuring the work of artists Tara Fay Coleman, Olivia Guterson, Anqwenique Kinsel, Tsedaye Makonnen and Janera Solomon.
Register for the free SANCTUARY event on June 17th from 6-8pm where you will also be able to purchase a membership to support Sibyls Shrine on-site!