The Mattress Factory is pleased to announce A Generous Act. This exciting and innovative project brings together a remarkably talented group of musicians from a varied geographical positions and a broad range of musical genres and interests to collaborate over a period of 16 days. During the first half of July, the Mattress Factory Art Museum has converted the 4th floor of the museum into a practice area and fully functioning recording studio. The residency will culminate in a performance of the music the collaborators have generated during this period of time and the release a recording of this music on CD and vinyl formats.
Participants include: Karl Burke (aka Karl Him), Daniel Bracken, James Broder, Slim Cessna, Sean Carpio, Eileen Carpio , Lucinda Chua, Nathan Hall, Nina Hynes, Jeffrey Inscho, Simon Jermyn, Fabien Leseure, Benoit Leseure and Karla Stauffer.
The curator of this project Mark Garry has spent the past two years visiting Pittsburgh while undertaking a curatorial residence at the Mattress Factory, continuing a relationship that began when Mark undertook an artist residency for an exhibition in 2007. In addition to becoming much more aware of Pittsburgh’s broad musical history, Mark became aware of the diverse group of remarkable musicians who work at the museum. Mark has invited musicians from Berlin, Dublin, London and Brussels to collaborate with these musicians enabling a somewhat unique situation where the staff are directly involved in generating what is presented at the museum.
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The Mattress Factory is a museum of contemporary art that presents art you can get into — room-sized environments, created by in-residence artists. Located in the historic Mexican War Streets of Pittsburgh’s North Side since 1977, the Mattress Factory is one of few museums of its kind anywhere.
More information can be found at http://www.mattress.org