Friday, February 29, 2008

Yayoi Kusama

A great New York Times Magazine piece profiling Yayoi Kusama (link to story).

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

David Ellis - Part 1

Oftentimes, work begins on an installation well before the artist even arrives in Pittsburgh. In Part 1 of the Inner and Outer Space video series, MF staffers get things started on David Ellis' piece by receiving a shipment sent to us by the artist from his studio in Brooklyn.

Upcoming in Part II: David arrives, assemblage of the lobby studio, painting begins

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Monday, February 25, 2008

Christiane D. Interview

Christina Springer posted a really great interview with artist Christiane D. Leach on her blog Springer's Journal. In the interview, Christiane D. talks about her piece in illustrations of catastrophe and remote times.

Christiana D., along with several other artists and curator Heather Pesanti, will be at the museum on Saturday, March 8, for a discussion of the show. Illustrations of Catastrope: Tea and Absinthe will take place at 2:00 PM. A guided tour of the exhibit begins at 1:00 PM. The event is FREE with regular museum admission.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Owl by David Ellis

This is a great video highlighting David Ellis piece at Fifty24 in San Francisco. The Owl is made from recycled materials such as bottles, cans and chicken wire.

David is currently participating in an artist residency at the Mattress Factory and his piece will be part of Inner and Outer Space, which opens on April 25.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

IOCART: Lab A6 Podcast

Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts podcast program “Lab A6,” covers contemporary visual art, architecture, design, drama and music. The program invites faculty members, students, local artists and other community members to informed conversations on how art impacts life.

In this latest episode, CMU robotics professor David Wettergreen discusses his illustrations of catastrophe and remote times installation, which uses video from his robots' exploration of the Atacama Desert in Chile. Guest-curator Heather Pesanti and Wettergreen delve into the psyches of artists and scientists while looking for common and different traits.

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Monday, February 18, 2008

SAVE THE DATE: 2008 Urban Garden Party

Those of you familiar with the Mattress Factory know that our Urban Garden Party becomes the event of the summer each and every year. 2008 will be no different, as we put a modern/MF spin on the decadent times of Marie Antoinette.

The Mattress Factory's URBAN GARDEN PARTY
Friday, June 13, 2008
7:00 PM (VIP Pre-Party at 6:00 PM)

Pre-Order your tickets before March 1 and get two Urban Garden Party tickets for only $100!

Friday, February 15, 2008

What's Going On in the Lobby?

Installation is underway on Inner and Outer Space, the upcoming exhibition featuring 9 artists from six different countries. Brooklyn-based David Ellis and a team of Mattress Factory staffers have begun assembling a pod-like structure in the museum lobby in which David will paint. Some images follow:

David Ellis Project - 1David Ellis Project - 3David Ellis Project - 4
David Ellis Project - 2

David will be working on his piece daily through March 11. Inner and Outer Space opens on April 25, 2008.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

MF GigaPans

Thanks, Illah!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

BoxSpring Café - Grand Opening

On February 21, the Mattress Factory will bring the innovation and spirit for which they are known to the kitchen with the grand opening of the BoxSpring Café. Located in the lobby of the museum’s main building at 500 Sampsonia Way, the BoxSpring Café will offer delicious selections created by chef Rich Rosenthal of M Catering. The fresh, healthy and eclectic menu includes soups, salads, sandwiches, specialty entrées and flatbread pizza. The art-infused museum ambiance, vegetarian-friendly menu and Al Fresco (weather permitting) patio promise a savory and memorable dining experience.

Chef Rich brings over seventeen years of epicurean experience to visitors’ tables. Upon earning his culinary degree, Rich launched his career at the The Carlton, and soon became a managing chef at Café Azure, a legendary cornerstone of Pittsburgh fine dining. Pursuing his passion for pairing wine and food, Rich has studied both Old World and New World wines, as well as wine and food dynamics at The Culinary Institute of America – Greystone, in the Napa Valley.

"The opening of the BoxSpring Café is a milestone for us," says Catena Bahneman, Assistant Director of the Mattress Factory. "The museum originally began as a vegetarian co-op and we’re very excited to again offer fresh, healthy fare containing only the best seasonal and local ingredients."

The BoxSpring Café Grand Opening party will be held on Thursday, February 21 at 7:00 PM. Taste some selections from the Spring menu, enjoy live acoustic entertainment and complementary wine, and watch a cooking demonstration by Chef Rich. Admission is $10.00 ($5.00 for members/students).

IOCART: Tribune-Review

A review of illustrations of catastrophe and remote times that came out in last Sunday's Tribune-Review.


...the participants in this show represent a wide spectrum of creative fields, techniques, media, ages and perspectives, ranging from visual and performing artists to an experimental band and a robotics professor. Indeed, this crew is by far the most motley, making for one of the most interesting Gestures exhibitions ever. (READ MORE)