Film Screening: Site-Specific: A History of the Mattress Factory
7:00 PM19:00

Film Screening: Site-Specific: A History of the Mattress Factory

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Site-Specific: A History of the Mattress Factory (97 minutes)

Through a mix of stories and anecdotes, archival installation footage, and interviews with artists and co-directors Barbara Luderowski and Michael Olijnyk, "Site-Specific: A History of the Mattress Factory" presents an in-depth look at one of the first site-specific museums in the United States. 

Founded in 1977 in Pittsburgh, PA, the Mattress Factory is a contemporary art museum and experimental lab featuring site-specific installations created by artists in residence from around the world. Starting as a quirky, anything goes food co-op and artist studio space, the museum created a program of artist residencies in 1982 to focus on site-specific installation art and they never looked back.

Cutting between the installation of the museum’s 40th anniversary exhibition and the museum’s long history of exhibiting experimental art, the film provides an intimate, sometimes humorous, look at the indirect path a museum takes as it creates its identity.

The film features interviews with artists Ann Hamilton, Sarah Oppenheimer, Vanessa German, Dennis Maher, Kevin Clancy, and David Pohl, and rare archival installation footage of James Turrell, Yayoi Kusama, Meg Webster, David Ellis, as well as performance art by Chrome and others.

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Amy Reidel "Enjoy Every Minute" Panel Discussion
11:00 AM11:00

Amy Reidel "Enjoy Every Minute" Panel Discussion

Come see Amy Reidel and panel of artist/mothers discuss the conjunction of motherhood, art making, and generally existing as a woman in a male-dominated culture.  

From the artist: "My new exhibit at Flood Plain is a response to years of trying to keep up with a male dominated art world.  Now, after the birth of my daughter, which was a bodily and emotional trauma all it's own, I am eager to help move any topics which pertain to womxn artists further. For years I was resistant to the idea of family because it was put in my head that I would not be taken seriously as an artist. And I'm only 36 years old and went to school this millennium. I can't imagine what older generations of women were faced with in this regard. I sincerely hope you all did not have that same internal dialogue running in your minds but instead were empowered with your career AND family decisions."

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