Thursday, July 16, 2015

RECAP // Factory 500: Lenka Clayton Studio + Clemente Museum Visit

Factory 500 Member taking a closer look at Lenka's Typewriter Drawings

At the most recent outing for the MF's Factory 500 program, members got a special glimpse into some one-of-a-kind places in Pittsburgh. The first stop was at the studio of Lenka Clayton, a British conceptual artist now living and working in Pittsburgh. Named the 2013 emerging artist of the year, Lenka opened her studio and gave members a presentation of her past and present works, including Typewriter Drawings and the Artist Residency in Motherhood she founded in 2012.

Artist Lenka Clayton presenting her work to Factory 500 Members
The next stop was the Clemente Museum. Executive Director and Curator Duane Rieder has meticulously renovated a historic firehouse to showcase the world's largest exhibited collection of artifacts which focus on Pittsburgh Pirate's legend and humanitarian, Roberto Clemente. Whether you know all about the man or nothing at all, the museum is one big reminder of how influential Roberto Clemente was for the game of baseball and both the Pittsburgh and Latin American communities.

Factory 500 Members exploring Duane Rieder's collection of baseball memorabilia at the Clemente Museum.

MF President & Co-Director, Barbara Luderowski taking a swing.
Autographed baseballs, and Roberto Clemente's social security cards

And to top off the night, Factory 500 members enjoyed a sampling of wines at Engine House 25, the winery in the basement of the Clemente Museum.
Factory 500 members enjoying a sampling of wines in Engine House 25.

A huge thanks goes to everyone who came out for this special Factory 500 event. Stay tuned for more information about our next membership event!

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

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