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Autobiographical and dreamlike, Martin bridges the fine art and commercial world, as well as the objects, places and conversations of the everyday experience.

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From early beginnings with live performance drawing in the mega clubs of Tokyo, to her trademark continuous line, Martin's diverse work navigates many worlds.
Governors Island
Governors Island New York, NY 11231

THE MAY ROOM

A Space for Contemplation and Poetry Hidden Away On Governor's Island.

New York
2019

The May Room is the latest in a series of installations as part of Shantell Martin on Governors Island, commissioned by the Trust for Governors Island’s 2019 Public Art Commission. Welcoming the public inside the building for the first time in 20 years, The May Room, expands on the exterior of the former military chapel, having been built during World War II as Our Lady Star of the Sea, a Roman Catholic chapel serving the U.S. Army members staying on the base then, was originally a place of reflection, meditation, and community—and is again today, courtesy of The May Room. 

It will be open weekends through the end of the Island’s season and will also host free public programs including a series of readings presented by the Poetry Society of America, featuring poets from national organizations Kundiman and CantoMundo.

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