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February 12, 2012

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ARTLab: WORD BALLOONS! with John Peña

Saturday, November 1, 2014


The Mattress Factory 

FREE with museum admission


During this ARTLab, you'll work with artist John Peña to create a series of two-dimensional word balloons which you'll then place around the museum. Participants will be creating word balloons out of large sheets of paper or using pre-cut shapes, filling the balloons with individualized comments, then temporarily affixing them to spaces in the museum in an effort to leave behind a remnant of their voice at the Mattress Factory.

Special Screening


A film by Todd Chandler

November 1, 2014
The Mattress Factory Lobby
$8-12 sliding scale

The film (70 min) will be preceded by a program of short films by director Todd Chandler accompanied by a live score performed by Todd Chandler and Marshall LaCount (Dark Dark Dark), and an opening set by Red Bells (members of Lungs Face Feet).

Flood Tide follows a group of artists and musicians who live in a small, post-industrial town. They chase jobs, struggle with bills, and use art and music to build their own small world. When their friend Maya dies, they set out on an extraordinary voyage, unknowingly accompanied by her ghostly presence. And while they drift past empty new condo developments, explore crumbling castles, and swim in iridescent quarries, Maya narrates a parallel story about a strange and meandering river that flows both ways.

?Flood Tide is a collaboration with the Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea, a project dreamed up by the artist Swoon. With her, an eclectic group of artists and performers built and floated seven large sculptures down the Hudson River, putting on live performances in towns along the way. Although it documents this real life journey, Flood Tide is an independent, fictional film that uses the voyage as its centerpiece.

Music is an integral part of Flood Tide, both on screen and off. The film features an original score by the band Dark Dark Dark and includes several onscreen performances by the band as well as a special performance by renowned musician Pauline Oliveros. Flood Tide premiered at the 2013 Torino Film Festival and has been presented at the Hammer Museum, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, 01SJ Biennial, Rooftop Films and the Museum of the Moving Image.

Trailer: floodtidefilm.com/audiovisual/trailer/

Website: floodtidefilm.com

Drop-In Tour

Saturday, November 1, 2014


The Mattress Factory 

FREE with museum admission


ALL-NEW! Meet a Museum Educator at the Admissions desk for an hour-long interactive trip through the museum.

Mini-Factory: COMPARISON


Mini-Factory is a FREE interactive learning program designed specifically for children ages 3-5 years old and their parents and/or caregivers that uses contemporary installation art as the basis for enabling parents and educators to explore big ideas.

Young children will discover a variety of themes and installations at the Mattress Factory, participate in story-time related to the theme and work on a collaborative project in our Mini-Factory. The Mini-Factory is a mobile, adaptable pop-up space children can help to build and use to explore new ideas and concepts. Young artists will participate in projects that promote making and sharing.

MINI-FACTORY is FREE but you must RSVP to education [at] mattress [dot] org or at 412.231.3169 because space is limited.

You can sign up for workshops individually. Please let us know if you are unable to attend so we can contact those people on our waiting list. Parents must accompany children and participate in the activities with their child.

Mattress Factory education and community programs are made possible by the generous support of the Allegheny Regional Asset District, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Jack Buncher Foundation, Sheila Fortune Foundation, Grable Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Surdna Foundation.


ARTLab: Project Animations + Storytelling with Karen Forney

Saturday, November 15, 2014

1 - 4pm

Mattress Factory 

FREE with museum admission


Karen Forney, museum educator and improvisor, will demonstrate how to use an overhead projector to make your own low-tech animiations and shadow puppetry, while learning how to improvise a crazy story right on the spot! Bring your devices and film your creations and in no time you'll be an instant animator and storyteller. 

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