Mattress Factory

Urban Garden Party Raises More Than $225,000

Urban Garden Party: Solstice was held on Friday, June 21 at the Mattress Factory. The event is the museum’s biggest fundraiser of the year. This year, the theme was Solstice, and guests were transported to a mystical world, courtesy of Event Architect Thommy Conroy. Guests at the VIP party were treated to delicious bites by …

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Carnegie International Opening Weekend Through the Lens of an Outsider

Though my visits to Pittsburgh have been few and far between, I’ve always known that my family had deep roots in the Iron City. Along with that came a vague whisper of prominence verbally imparted by my grandparents. But until my visit to the opening weekend of the Carnegie International in October, I had no …

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“Galactic Get Down” Revels in Museum’s Vision of the Future

On Friday, June 15, the Mattress Factory museum of contemporary art welcomed a sold-out crowd of over 1,300 people to its annual Urban Garden Party. This year’s theme, Galactic Get Down, took inspiration from the museum’s vision for 2058, 40 years in the future. Guests remembered the Mattress Factory’s founding director, Barbara Luderowski, by wearing …

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Mattress Factory Celebrates 40th Anniversary

A party 40 years in the making drew a sell-out crowd of 1,400 to the Mattress Factory on June 16, during which founder Barbara Luderowski offered a good-natured response to whether she ever expected reaching such a milestone when the museum first opened in 1977. “No,” she laughed. “I might not be here if I …

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Cleaner Air for Pittsburgh and More

When a Detroit company announced earlier this year that it would close its Shenango Coke Works on Neville Island, the news accounts led with the loss of 173 jobs. While we don’t cheer job losses in Pittsburgh, there is another, more important side to this story. Shenango was the smaller of the two coke works …

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An Art Full House

“We’re art addicts so we’re always buying stuff, ” says the owner of a wood-clad modern home in Fox Chapel, laughing. She and her husband are just back from a major art fair and the question, as usual, is where to put the new piece. From the outside, no one would suspect that the discreet …

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Captivating collections

There’s a luminescent quality to the face, with its pale, translucent skin and eyes lost in thought and in time. Made of wax and preserved for a century, the doll sits on a shelf surrounded by hundreds of others. Each has a story that began somewhere but continued when Barbara Luderowski found it and added …

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