23. Shantell Martin Mural at Governors Island

Photo by Timothy Schenk courtesy Trust for Governors Island

This June, the historic Our Lady Star of the Sea chapel will be transformed by the signature black and white drawings of artist Shantell Martin. Our Lady Star of the Sea chapel is a former military chapel that was built in 1942 as part of an expansion of the former U.S. Army base on Governors Island. Martin’s work will be the first installation to activate the space which is located in the Island’s Historic District. Her drawings will transform the exterior of the chapel, wrapping all the way around the entire structure and encouraging visitors to circumnavigate the it as they follow the narrative of her images.

The exhibition opens to the public beginning June 1st and will be on view daily through October 31. Throughout the fall there will be expanded, site-specific programming including poetry readings from the Poetry Society of America inspired by Martin’s work.

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