You're Not the Boss of Me

Nathan Hall2019

Mattress Factory

Mattress Factory
Pittsburgh, United States

Hall’s installation is in two parts. The primary piece is “You're Not the Boss of Me,” a harpsichord suspended in bondage rope in the gallery, with soundtrack from the instrument. There's also "About Place,” a choir piece composed for singing in the Mattress Factory parking lot, with texts from the museum's founder Barbara Luderowski.

Both pieces explore site-specific aspects of music and add visual elements. The harpsichord work is about the balance between being a classically-trained composer and contemporary queer artist, and where those identities overlap. The choir piece is his first vocal work to explore singers moving in formations outdoors. He wants the movements and the text to anchor the music into a specific place and time, as well as to be a tribute to Barbara and the creative spaces she has made possible.


  • Title: You're Not the Boss of Me
  • Creator: Nathan Hall
  • Date Created: 2019
  • Location Created: Pittsburgh, PA

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