I was in Pittsburgh last week and had a wonderful dinner with Adam and Liesel. While at dinner, I was trying to figure out what to do the next day with the three hours in between my meeting and catching my flight. Adam insisted I go to The Mattress Factory Art Museum. I had never heard of it before but now I'm a fan. It's like a museum that's as close to a cool toy store for adults as possible. I had no idea what to expect which was another nice part of it. No expectations are sometimes a relief. I traveled from floor to floor to look at room-sized exhibits. Some of them can be photographed and some just have to be experienced. I also walked through the museum completely alone. Some of the exhibits are in very dark rooms and I was on the edge of freaking myself out multiple times. It's a nice change from being in overly crowded exhibits in NYC.
I exited the elevator on the 5th Floor and saw lots of hands with real bread placed on them. It's My Offering by Than Htay Maung. You can buy a hand for $100 and 100% of the money is donated to a food pantry. It's a really good first exhibit to see.
This was one of those very dark rooms that I walked into and it took a long time to figure out what was going on. It was like Tron watching the lights move and then later light up the wall. It's Para-Site by Pablo Valbuena.
Probably my favorite room. I was asked to put on booties over my shoes before entering the room. Infinity Dots Mirrored Room and Repetitive Vision by Yayoi Kusama.
A crazy room that could take hours to look at all of the details - It's all about ME, Not You by Greer Lankton.
I loved this glowing red square. An entire floor was dark and you just had to feel your way through the rooms to find the art.
Now I know why Adam was so excited for this museum. But I have to go to Andy Warhol's Museum next. I can't believe that I've been to Pittsburgh 5 times already and have yet to see it.