Friday, August 8, 2014

RECAP // Factory 500: Collection Tour at BNY Mellon

Factory 500 members were out on the town on Friday, August 1 for a private after-hours collection visit at BNY Mellon's downtown offices. Curator Brian Lang toured the group through "Works on Paper by Sculptors," an exhibition organized from the BNY Mellon corporate collection, which features work by MF alumni Kiki Smith and Jessica Stockholder.

Brian Lang describing a work by Spencer Finch.
Members enjoyed wine tastings with Syma Hajian of Pittsburgh Winery. Syma described several varieties of wine that they produce at the winery's Strip District location. 

Mattress Factory Archivist Molly Tighe was also on hand during the evening to show off some of the museum's archive records from Kiki Smith's 1997 installation, Flight Mound. Brian and Molly discussed the Mattress Factory museum's Limited Editions program, which features pieces by artist Jessica Stockholder and about a dozen other Mattress Factory artists.

Molly Tighe, Museum Archivist, at the Factory 500.

In addition, Brian was able to give us some insight into the corporate art world. The group discussed specific works by artists including Spencer Finch and Franz West, methods of collecting, and the rules of buying art for a corporate environment.  

Thank you to everyone who came out to BNY Mellon on August 1st! You can see more photos from this and past events on our Flickr page.

Factory 500 is the museum's premier membership program, chaired by Susan Lammie. The group tours private collections, artist studios, local businesses and other arts destinations in Pittsburgh several times throughout the year. Don't miss out – join now!

Abby, Membership Coordinator

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