18. Shantell Martin’s May Room on Governors Island

Artist Shantell Martin already covered the exterior of the military chapel on Governors Island, Our Lady Star of the Sea this summer. Starting September 8th, the interior of the church will be opened up so that visitors can see a new work by the artist, The May Room. This will be the first time the public will be able to access inside the church in over 20 years. Martin will be painting the flors walls, and install custom furniture of her own design to create an immersive environment. The exhibition will be on view daily through October 31.

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.

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