Media Arts Program

Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

$8 general, $6 students/seniors, $5 members

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Site Specific: A History of The Mattress Factory

David Bernabo's insightful documentary Site-Specific traces the history of seminal art venue The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, PA. Combining interviews with artists—Sarah Oppenheimer, Dennis Maher, Ann Hamilton, et al—as well as MF directors Barbara Luderowski and Michael Olijnyk, Site Specific shares history, anecdotes, and considerable archival footage to reveal a fulsome and illuminating breadth of artist-run culture through the past four decades. The film traces the venue's history from its origins as an artist studio space and food co-op into its decades-long history of site-specific artists' installations, affirming the Mattress Factory's place as one of the nation's most significant artistic venues. In doing so, Site Specific is not merely the story of one place, but all similar venues born in 1970s that came to define alternative and underground culture in the United States.

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Tues.—Fri. 11-6
Sat. 11-2
Sun. & Mon. closed

from May. 10, 2019
through Jun. 28, 2019

Ashley Smith
Three Fold Form

Inspired by Jungian psychology and mythology, Ashley Smith's process is an alchemical cauldron where personal narratives about womanhood, motherhood, research about art, stories, and myths of the wild woman archetype who represents the instinctive nature of woman are boiled together and transmuted to create abstract sculptural forms and installations that sprout from the wall and grow from the ground.

Stephanie Rohlfs
Put One Over

Rohlfs' work springboards from a clean surface appearance and concise formal gestures into a hybridized set of works that make the artist seem part minimalist, part colorist, part humorist. Rohlfs' sculptural gestures are so adroitly specific and contained that each element—a field of color, a drooping form, a slab of shelving—takes on more imminent and emphatic articulation ...