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Mattress Factory - Pittsburgh, PA

Updated: Nov 2, 2021

The Mattress Factory Museum is located in the historic Northside of Pittsburgh, PA.

Barbara Luderowski purchased the property in 1975 to use as a living space and warehouse.

The Art Museum was founded in 1977 and is a contemporary art museum. Remants of the Stearns and Foster Mattress Warehouse can be found on the premises of the Mattress Factory Museum.

The first exhibit is "A Second Home" designed by Dennis Maher. Dennis is an artist, architect, educator and director of FARGO HOUE in Buffalo. He is also Assistant Professor of Architecture, SUNY Buffalo.

The three floor exhibit is made of construction materials, furnishings, toys, architectural models, video projections, and audio elements. Be prepared to walk through dark rooms, which creates a sense of uneasiness; not sure where to step or where to turn. There is so much to see on this floor.

This Surmatants – Mars Rising exhibit is a visceral response to the COVID-19 pandemic displayed in three acts. The exhibit is displayed throughout three spaces (the white room, red room, and black room). The artist, Andréa Stanislav, is an American artist based in New York City and works in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Bloomington, Indiana.

Developed during COVID-19 lockdown, Open Square reflects a habitat that defines everyday experience. Light and dark. Cold and warm. The cyclical flow of the installation is a contemplation of the physical experiences of interior space and how perception can shift through color, light and sound.

This exhibit is called the Society of 23’s Trophy Game Room, designed by artist Jeffrey Augustine Songco. He is a multidisciplinary artist who was from New Jersey. This exhibit documents the secret brotherhood of 23 mysterious men, all portrayed by Jeffrey.

The Repetitive Vision exhibit, is created by Yayoi Kusama. Yayoi is a Japanese painter, sculptor, and artist.

When walking into the room there are several female mannequins that are painted white with bright orange dots on their hair and bodies. The dots are reflected in the wall and ceilings.

It’s All About ME, not you exhibit by artist Greer Yankton. Greer recreated a Chicago apartment where she worked and lived, filled with an anorexic doll, a morphine addict on a cot surrounded by pill bottles. Throughout the room are very personal shrines Greer has created, to Patti Smith, Candy Darling, to Jesus, and others are for the artist herself. Much of her work is clearly autobiographical, revealing her obsession with her own body and drug addiction. Born male, she became female at the age of 21.

For more information on the Mattress Factory, hours, tickets and exhibits, click HERE.

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