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Mattress Factory

505 Jacksonia St.

Neighborhood: Northside

Saturday: 10a-1p

Categories: Art On Display

The Mattress Factory is a museum of contemporary art located in 3 gallery buildings in Pittsburgh’s North Side Mexican War Streets neighborhood.

The Mattress Factory is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Since its founding in 1977, the museum has shown over 750 artists. In 1983, as the first museum in the world to collect installation art, the museum acquired two permanent works by James Turrell.

Today, the 18 installations in the permanent collection, representing milestones in the history of installation art, are always on view.

The museum is dedicated to providing artists—from Pittsburgh, the United States and the world—with the space, materials, assistance and freedom to explore new ideas, take artistic risks, engage the community and create remarkable works of art that help us see our world in new ways.

The Mattress Factory:
1) Provides artists with an integrated residency and exhibition program.
2) Educates and encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to appreciate the multi-disciplinary creative process of today’s artists.
3) Energizes its urban community through its artistic and education programs.

YOUR EXPERIENCE: Rarely do visitors to the Mattress Factory have the chance to learn about the history of our outdoor permanent installation by Winifred Lutz, The Garden Installation. Lutz spent years researching and planning her sculpture. She delved into the history of the site, including a fire that burnt a paper factory to the ground in 1963. The artist researched and collected neighborhood stories that ultimately changed her plans for the garden space and what it has become today. Visit the Education Studio to see documentation, a model, and artifacts leftover from her artistic process. Visitors may even discover the item that the artist hid in the garden over a decade ago.

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Restrooms Available: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible Restrooms: Yes

Photography Restrictions: None