Every five years, the Mattress Factory invites artists who have exhibited at the museum to donate artwork for a special live auction. This year, as the Mattress Factory celebrates its 35-year history we invite you to raise your paddle to bid on over 50 original works by an impressive list of established and emerging artists.

All proceeds benefit the Mattress Factory’s artistic programs, exhibitions and education outreach.

October 10, 2013
6:00 pm  Cocktails and Auction Preview
7:00 pm  Live Auction Begins


Tickets $75 (MF Members: $65)

Members email Caitlin[at]mattress.org or call 412.231.3169 for your discount code.

2013 Auction Host Committee:
Richard Armstrong and Dorsey Waxter
Jack Buncher Foundation
Anne and Anuj Dhanda
Paul J. Gitnik
Ryan Lammie
Susan and Scott Lammie
Ellen Mazo
Scott Leff and Marilyn McDaniel
Ann and Marty McGuinn
Jacqui and Jeff Morby
Annie O’Neill
Nancy and Woody Ostrow
Kathe and Jim Patrinos
Honorable William Peduto
Radiant Hall Studios
Sharon Semenza and Bill Robinson
Michael White and Rick LeBeau
Jake Witherell
Maureen Young


2013 Auction Artists:
William Anastasi
Deborah Aschheim
Kim Beck
Mansi Bhatt
Jeremy Boyle
Dove Bradshaw
Marta Maria Perez Bravo
Matt Bua
Luca Buvoli
Daniel Canogar
Ladislav Carny
Angelo Ciotti
Angel Delgado
Alexis Esquivel
Gretchen Faust
Jessica Frelinghuysen
Mark Garry
Fabrizio Gerbino
Rimma Gerlovina & Valeriy Gerlovin
Lonnie Graham
Mathieu Gregoire
Ann Hamilton
Ryder Henry
Jonn Herschend
Scott Hocking
Delanie Jenkins
Kim Jones
Shelagh Keeley
Mary Jean Kenton
Christina Kubisch
Hans Peter Kuhn
Sutee Kunavichayanont
Nicola Kuperus
Nika Kupyrova
Peter Lambert
John Latham
Glenda Leon
Emil Lukas
Winifred Lutz
Dennis Marsico
Than Htay Maung
Edward Mayer
Laura Jean McLaughlin
Linn Meyers
Anna Mikolay
Adam Lee Miller
Curtis Mitchell
Paul Niemic Nosa
David Nyzio
Sarah Oppenheimer
Russ Orlando
René Peña
Jason Peters
Robert Qualters
Jeremy Radtke, Patrick Renner, Matthew Underwood
Raqs Media Collective
Veronica Ryan
Diane Samuels
Kiki Smith
Buzz Spector
Lubo Stacho
Jessica Stockholder
Kate Temple
Jose A. Toirac
James Turrell
Carrie Mae Weems
Allan Wexler
Allison Wilding
Bill Woodrow
Lynn Yamamoto
Robert Zehmisch







The Mattress Factory is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2013. The celebration kicked-off with a 35th Anniversary Bash on February 23 and continued with a record-breaking Urban Garden Party June 21. As fall approaches the museum prepares to open three major exhibitions in three separate gallery spaces: Detroit: Artists in Residence at 500 Sampsonia Way and Janine Antoni at 1414 Monterey Street.

1975 - Barbara Luderowski acquires 500 Sampsonia Way, a Stearns & Foster mattress warehouse built in 1900

1977 - The Mattress Factory becomes incorporated as a non-profit educational and cultural organization

1978 - Artist Michael Olijnyk begins working at the Mattress Factory; Olijnyk becomes Curator of Exhibitions in 1982 and is named Co-Director in 2008

1982 - The museum focuses on providing support for artists to create site-specific installations; the first exhibition of installations opens on May 8, 1982 with new work by Athena Tacha, Michael Olijnyk, and Diane Samuels

1983 - James Turrell works in residence to create new light installations, Danaë and Pleiades, the first works in the permanent collection

1986 - The Mattress Factory purchases three buildings: one at 1414 Monterey Street that becomes a gallery space, and two on North Taylor Avenue that become the artists’ residence

1990 - The Mattress Factory purchases two empty lots adjacent to the main building for use as a parking lot for museum visitors and a garden designed by artist Winifred Lutz

1991 - Noted artists John Cage, Ann Hamilton, Tatsuo Miyajima and Christian Boltanski create new installations in collaboration with the 51st Carnegie International

1994 - The Mattress Factory is the first American museum to exhibit work by the controversial British artist, Damien Hirst

1995 - Artists of Central and Eastern Europe, which presented new installations by 10 artists, was the first of many exhibitions featuring work by artists from areas of the world undergoing change

1996 - The Mattress Factory presents the work of Yayoi Kusama, ultimately putting two works by the artist on permanent display

1997 - The Mattress Factory celebrates its 20th anniversary with the dedication of Winifred Lutz’s Garden and the first annual Urban Garden Party

1997 - Kiki Smith creates three new installations based on research conducted at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History

1999 - Ten artists from China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Thailand work in residence to create new work for Installations by Asian Artists in Residence

2000 - Visual Sound is curated by Rolf Julius, with work by artists from the U.S., Japan, Germany, France and Canada who use sound in their installations

2001 - The Education Department is established, staffed by an Education Director and Program Coordinator

2002 - The Mattress Factory celebrates its 25th anniversary with a comprehensive exhibition of light installations by James Turrell

2003 - Two row houses on Jacksonia Street are creatively adapted as a new wing for offices and an education studio

2004 - The Mattress Factory presents a groundbreaking exhibition of new work by 10 Cuban artists, even though the artists were prevented from coming to the U.S.

2007 - The museum presents New Installations: India, a two-part exhibition featuring work by 8 artists

2009 - The estate of Greer Lankton bequests It’s all about ME, Not You, to the Mattress Factory and the work is permanently installed

2010 - The exhibition Queloides: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art is presented in collaboration with University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Latin American Studies


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