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What You'll Get
Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life, though washing art requires bleach or fire. Get a deep soul-laundering with today’s Groupon for membership to the Mattress Factory, a museum of contemporary art located in the North Side.
In existence since 1977, the Mattress Factory inhabits two large buildings, allowing it to focus on installations, room-sized art pieces that immerse viewers in an artist’s vision. Catch the museum’s current exhibition, Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art, which examines the country’s history of discrimination through paintings, photography, installations, sculptures, and video. Permanent exhibitions include Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Dots Mirrored Room, which incorporates mirrors, black light, and dot-covered mannequins to create an endlessly repeating depiction of a typical crossword-puzzle tournament.
The Mattress Factory is one of the first museums in the country to offer a green membership, which eliminates paper waste and reduces mail-carrier fatigue by delivering newsletters and invitations for special events electronically. In addition, you’ll receive free admission for one calendar year and 10% discounts at the MF Shop and BoxSpring Café.
- Each floor of the Mattress Factory has very different art work on it. My favorite floor had many amazing art pieces that interacted in very interesting ways with your eyes. This is a great museum to visit when they change exhibits because everything can vary so widely. – tanders, TripAdvisor
- The Mattress Factory is my favorite art museum in Pittsburgh. I love how unique the art is and how it's art that you can not only see, but experience. Sometimes the installations are made of ordinary things and sometimes not, but pretty much everything is extraordinary... mostly in how things are arranged/constructed and the idea(s)/concept(s) behind them (whether they are the artists' or your own). This is the perfect stop for anyone who is open to contemporary, non-traditional art. – Patty T., Yelp
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About Mattress Factory
Museums typically showcase art in carefully curated rooms. At Mattress Factory, however, the room itself is the art. Since 1977, the museum's two buildings have housed a permanent collection of contemporary installation art—room-sized works that engulf the entire space. In Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Dots Mirrored Room, mirrored ceilings and walls infinitely reflect a trio of fluorescent dots painted on a white formica floor. In Greer Lankton's It's all about ME, Not You, astroturf lines a floor covered in artful arrangements of grotesque dolls that form shrines to artists such as Patti Smith and Candy Darling.
To further immerse guests, Mattress Factory's exhibitions are paired with educational programs that range from lectures to hands-on art projects. Along with stimulating the public, the museum stimulates the growth of artists through its residency program, which invites participants to create installations while living near the museum, a much more practical alternative to hiding a secret cot in the coatroom.