with collaborative work by Stephen Petronio
Curated by Margery King
On September 12, Janine Antoni opens Within, a solo exhibition of new work, including a collaboration with Stephen Petronio, at the Mattress Factory’s 1414 Monterey Street Gallery in Pittsburgh, guest-curated by Margery King. In her ardent takeover of the entire space, trees are severed, the building is pierced, rooms are crowned, honey soothes, and flesh and bones merge into unexpected meetings.
For over two decades, Janine Antoni’s work has been an accumulation of traces left behind by her unusual processes. These unorthodox methods allow her to emphasize the meaning inherent in making. Antoni’s sculpture calls upon the viewer to use their physicality to pose the question, “what does it mean to have a body?" All the while, she frames this question from the perspective of a woman.
Antoni was born in Freeport, Bahamas. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, and earned her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1989. She has exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, S.I.T.E. Santa Fe, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, and the 1993 Venice Biennale, among many others. Antoni is the recipient of several prestigious awards including a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship in 1998 and the Larry Aldrich Foundation Award in 1999. She currently resides in New York City.
“Janine Antoni” is made possible with the generous support of the Allegheny Regional Asset District, an Anonymous Donor, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, CGI Technologies and Services, Inc., Fine Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Roy A. Hunt Foundation, The Benter Foundation, The Heinz Endowments and Mattress Factory members.