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.