SHRINE Exhibition Overview

Opening June 17 in our Monterey Annex (located at 1414 Monterey Street) is a new exhibition of six site-specific installations curated by Pittsburgh-based artist and administrator Jessica Gaynelle Moss. SHRINE 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 will feature six new immersive works by painter and assemblage artist Naomi Chambers, photographer and mixed media artist Renée Cox, artist and art educator Mary Martin, artisan and owner of a micro-enterprise LaKeisha Wolf, interdisciplinary artist and cultural producer Alisha B. Wormsley, and visual artist sarah huny young. The exhibition will run from June 17, 2022 through December 30, 2022.

Pre-registration for the June 17 opening event, SANCTUARY: A Community Block Party Celebrating SHRINE, is highly encouraged here.
*We are requiring all visitors and staff, regardless of vaccination status, to wear masks while inside the Monterey Annex.*

SHRINE Public Programs will be led by artists Dail Chambers and Alecia Dawn. Please register for programs in advance here.

SHRINE is presented in partnership between Mattress Factory and 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.

Also as part of the SHRINE event series, learn more about ALTAR, a free experimental satellite gallery (located across 27,000 digital display boards throughout the city of Pittsburgh) that is embedded directly within community from June through August 31, 2022.

Written contributions will be provided by poet Camille Posey and writer janera solomon. Read janera solomon’s full essay This is Fertile Ground here.