NEW DOC + TOUR: Site-Specific: A History of the Mattress Factory / by David Bernabo

 Yayoi Kusama with  Dots Obsession , 1996

Yayoi Kusama with Dots Obsession, 1996

SUMMARY

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 razor-sharp 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.

The film parallels the installation of the museum’s 40th anniversary exhibition with an in-depth, story-driven journey through the museum’s long history of exhibiting site-specific art. Through interviews with artists such as Ann Hamilton, Sarah Oppenheimer, Vanessa German, Dennis Maher, and others, the film provides an intimate, sometimes humorous, look at the indirect path a museum takes as it creates its identity.

By mining the museum’s extensive tape and video archive, the film unearths rare archival installation footage of James Turrell, Yayoi Kusama, Meg Webster, and David Ellis. Detailed discussions provide the history and context for John Cage’s changing installation, Allan Wexler’s Bed Sitting Rooms for an Artist in Residence, and Dennis Maher’s three-story installation “A Second Home”, among other works.

 

TOUR

05.03 | PREMIERE | MATTRESS FACTORY | 6PM | PITTSBURGH, PA | RESERVE FREE TICKETS

05.10 | MELWOOD SCREENING ROOM | 7PM, $8/10 | PITTSBURGH, PA | BUY TICKETS

05.11 | MINI MICROCINEMA | CINCINNATI, OH

05.12 | FLOOD PLAIN | 7PM | ST. LOUIS, MO | BUY TICKETS

05.14 | FISCH HAUS | TIME TBA | WICHITA, KS

05.15 | UNIVERSITY OF DENVER | 7PM | DENVER, CO

05.25 | SITE | TIME 6PM | SANTA FE, NM

05.28 | PLUG PROJECTS | TIME TBA | KANSAS CITY, MO

05.29 | 21c LEXINGTON | TIME TBA | LEXINGTON, KY

 

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 James Turrell,  Gasworks ,   1993

James Turrell, Gasworks, 1993