Sarah Hallet and Sinead Bligh - Mattress Factory
Jim Cunningham spoke with Mattress Factory Senior Archivist Sarah Hallet and Digitization Archivist Sinéad Bligh. Over the last two years, the Mattress Factory has worked to digitize the Greer Lankton Archive in a project funded through the Council on Library and Information Resources and in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh. The online finding aid is the culmination of this work and will make publicly accessible Lankton’s artistic development, artwork and exhibitions, along with her relationships to her friends and contemporaries, including Nan Goldin, David Wojnarowicz and Peter Hujar.
The Greer Lankton Archive is an assemblage of over 15,000 materials collected from the work of artist Greer Lankton, a significant and underrecognized artist in the radical art scene of New York City’s East Village during the 1980s. Lankton’s exhibitions and performances included those at PS1, Club 57, Pyramid Club, Franklyn Furnace, Civilian Warfare Gallery, Hal Bromm Gallery and the Whitney Biennial NYC. She also exhibited across the US and Europe, including in the UK, Austria and the Venice Biennale.
This April, the Mattress Factory presents “It's All About Greer Lankton,” a FREE event series leading up to the launch of an online finding aid to celebrate the famed artist Greer Lankton. The series will culminate in Greer’s Birthday Bash on April 21st - what would have been Greer's 64th birthday. This free community day will mark the official launch of the Greer Lankton Collection Finding Aid. Admission to the Museum is free all day, with events and programming taking place from 3-7 PM.
They also spoke about the latest exhibits at the archive, the café and shop and new coffee and restaurant additions to the cultural scene on the North Side.
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