Friday, February 22, 2008

Illustrations of Catastrophe: Tea and Absinthe,Saturday, March 8th, 2008 @ Mattress Factory


Apocalyptic beverages – tea and absinthe – will be served

PITTSBURGH, PA (February 22, 2008) – What will be your beverage of choice during the apocalypse? Tea or Absinthe? Both libations will be offered on Saturday, March 8th, during Illustrations of Catastrophe: Tea and Absinthe, a conversation with the curator and artists about the tenth installment in the Gestures Exhibition Series, currently on view at the Mattress Factory.

“The title and theme of the exhibition, illustrations of catastrophe and remote times, refers to a page from a larger collaborative essay, ‘The Domain of the Great Bear,’ written by the artists Robert Smithson and (Pittsburgh-native) Mel Bochner in 1966, describing an apocalyptic landscape in poetic and dramatic prose,” explains guest curator Heather Pesanti.

Ms. Pesanti, along with artists Fabrizio Gerbino, Rebecca Einhorn, Renee Ickes, Ben Kinsley, Christiane D. Leach, David Montano, John Rubin, Jairan Sadeghi, David Wettergreen and Brett Yasko, will be on hand to discuss the show, their respective pieces, the decisions made during the creative process, and any other topics posed by the audience and panel.

“The Mattress Factory is always attempting new ways to engage our visitors,” says Anna Fitzpatrick, Director of Education at the Mattress Factory. “We are very excited to provide this innovative event designed to encourage meaningful dialogue between artist, curator and visitor. The informal setting and unique spin will surely make for an educational, fun and memorable event.”

Illustrations of Catastrophe: Tea and Absinthe will take place on Saturday, March 8, at 2:00 PM in the museum’s lobby. A guided tour of illustrations of catastrophe and remote times will preceed the conversation at 1:00 PM. The event is FREE with paid museum admission.

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The Mattress Factory is a museum of contemporary art that presents “art you can get in to” – room–sized environments, created by in–residence artists. Located at 500 Sampsonia Way, on Pittsburgh’s North Side, since 1977, the Mattress Factory is hailed as the best facility for installation art in the United States.


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