Saturday, February 27, 2016

RECAP // Mini-Factory: COLOR

COLOR influences how we feel, how we see, and what we think. Today in Mini-Factory, our group of 3, 4 & 5 year old artists explored the world of COLOR by starting with a favorite book, My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss. Expressions such as “feeling blue,” “white as a ghost,” and “red hot mad” convey how people associate feelings with COLOR. 

Anne Lindberg’s piece shift lens provided the perfect example of how artists are inspired by COLOR.  By combining various crisscrossed colored thread stretched wall to wall, shift lens creates a blending of colors.  Light filtering from windows behind the installation add another layer of nuance which further blends the blues, yellows and greens.

Artists are constantly inspired by the colors around them… and so too are chameleons.  Using children’s literature as our entry point, our group didn’t miss a step making the connection with A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni. Chameleons change color to match their surroundings; how many colors can a chameleon be in the kitchen, in the desert, in the rainforest?  By looking carefully and observing the many tones of colors, students colored their chameleon to blend into various landscapes, putting into practice our discussion and exploration of COLOR.

Monday, February 22, 2016

RECAP // Breakfast In Bed: Valentine's Brunch @ the MF

This past Sunday, nearly 300 people joined us for our inaugural Valentine's Day Brunch. Love - and the aroma of fresh waffles - was in the air. Although usually closed on Sunday's, for Valentine's Day the Mattress Factory was open exclusively to Brunch attendees.

Visitors indulged in a scrumptious liège waffle spread courtesy of Pittsburgh favorite, Waffallonia, and spirits were high thanks to perfectly crafted mimosas and bloody mary's from local hot spots Salud Juicery and Wigle Whiskey. A huge thank you to everyone who came out and celebrated Valentine's Day with us, and our fantastic vendors for making this event one to remember!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

RECAP // ARTLab: Weave a Memory

Everyone had so much fun creating our collaborative installation in the Lobby last Saturday for ARTlab. Visitors of all ages worked together to assemble a massive yarn web inspired by Chiharu Shiota's piece Trace of Memory. Instead of trapping memories, it felt like we were encapsulating giggles in our web box!

ARTLab February 20th 'Still life, a performance by Adam Milner

Our next ARTlab, 'Still life, a Performance by Adam Milner,' is on is on Saturday February 20th and will take place in the Mattress Factory Lobby. The Pittsburgh-based artist will be recruiting help from visitors to bring his piece together during ARTlab from 1 - 4. Stop by to help him out, or just to see what he is up to! This event is FREE with museum admission.