Trips to Remember: The Mattress Factory
I'm all about trips to remember, and I'm constantly searching for new places to check out. Last month, I added The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh to my list of places to visit thanks to @tat_delgado! The Mattress Factory is a contemporary art museum with different "environments," spread through different rooms. It opened in 1977. and is currently hosting guests on Tuesdays-Sundays.
Now a little about Tatiana - she's a Washington, DC based blogger and I love following her adventures – both on her colorful instagram feed and her blog. She always seems to be checking out the neatest things, in DC and beyond. I reached out to Tatiana to see if she would share some of her favorites from the Mattress Factory – so, take it away girl!
I can’t seem to get away from photos of Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Dots Mirrored Room at The Broad in LA. Each and every time I see one I have the same reaction of Wow! followed by thoughts of, How can I find cheap enough flights to LA? I must see this thing!
For those of us who can’t make it over to the West Coast for that exhibit, here’s a little consolation for you: the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh.
Mattress Factory actually has two works by Kusama: another Infinity Dots Mirrored Room – this version uses colorful dot reflections instead of lights – and Repetitive Vision, a slightly trippy white room with red polka dots, mannequins and of course the mirrors that make it an ‘infinity room.’ For a lack of a better way to describe them: these installations are EVERYTHING.
And the rest of the Mattress Factory wasn’t too bad either. Some other highlights:
IRIS_SIRI by Kevin Clancy:
You walk straight into a fluorescent room to find windows covered in a rainbow film and life-sized resin cats draped across laptops. This exhibit reminds me to quit being so distracted by the Internet to go out and enjoy life for a bit.
Catso, Red by James Turrell:
When you’re surrounded by super minimalistic art that uses three-dimensional light, there are tons of photos opps waiting to happen.
The Mattress Factory is one of the things I love about Pittsburgh (along with Randyland), and I’d say it’s one of the biggest surprises I found in a city that I’ve always only associated with universities and manufacturing. If you’re on the East Coast like me and are looking to go on a quick, affordable trip, Pittsburgh is definitely one way to go!
Thanks for sharing, Tatiana!
And thanks for reading! Have you added the Mattress Factory to your list of places to go? Have you checked out somewhere awesome this summer and want to share? Leave me a comment and let me know!