Institutional Records Collection

Exhibition Department Records

Collection Identifier



Exhibition Department Records document one of the Mattress Factory's primary efforts, the exhibition of contemporary works of installation and performance art. Records take the form of correspondence with artists both before, during, and after an exhibition of artwork. The collection includes extensive photographic documentation of the process of creating artworks and completed works in-situ.

Inclusive Dates

after 1982

Bulk Dates

after 1985


30 linear feet (approximate)

Scope & Content

Exhibition Department Records dates from 1982 to the present (bulk 1985 - present) and is comprised of correspondence, photographs, videos, drawings, electronic records, audio recordings, three-dimensional models, fabric, and other formats utilized and created through the process of exhibiting artwork at the Mattress Factory. Most exhibitions, artists, and artworks are represented, though a few are sparsely documented. The collection also includes documentation of exhibition related travel by museum staff, including trips for exhibitions of works by artists from Cuba, Eastern Europe, and India.


The collection is arranged into two series, Artists and Exhibitions, each arranged alphabetically.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research, by appointment, pending processing. Contact Archivist for details.

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