Two of the best places in Pittsburgh to see both classic and contemporary art in a variety of media are The Andy Warhol Museum and The Mattress Factory. Some of us at ModCloth were lucky enough to attend both museums last Friday!
ModCloth loves art.
There are not only over 500 works of art displayed from Warhol’s huge archieve of portraits and films, but also contemporary exhibits from visiting artists. But what brought us to The Warhol, besides the art, was the beer.The museum hosts a beer tasting the second Friday of each month and a wine tasting the last Friday of each month in conjunction with Big Burrito. We sampled four brews from Victory Brewing Company: a microbrewery in Downingtown, PA. Golden Monkey, a Belgian style beer with a fruity taste and a 9.5% alcohol by volume, was a personal favorite.
This gentleman is explaining that Golden Monkey has placed highly in international beer competitions, which is quite an accomplishment for an American beer.
Housed in a seven-story renovated warehouse in Pittsburgh’s North Side, the Warhol is totally worth a visit, if only for the “Cloud Room.” This room houses the ‘Silver Clouds’ exhibit which was originally created for a 1966 exhibition at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York. The room is filled with silver, reflective helium balloons that float around and lend themselves to playful batting.
Photo of ‘Silver Clouds,’ Courtesy of The Andy Warhol Museum
Some of us also attended the opening reception for PreDrive: After Technology at my other favorite Pittsburgh museum, The Mattress Factory, which features installation exhibits from artists all over the country and world. The Mattress Factory has art in several buildings, and this particular exhibit is not in their main museum, but in an apartment about a block away; this gave the exhibit the feel of wandering around through somebody’s old house that just happens to be decorated with really cool, bizarre installation art, like something resembling a giant egg or a grainy home video of kids talking about buying a pumpkin. The exhibit itself is an exploration of social networking sites. With new works by six international artists, it “explores themes of digital effects and dysfunctions, ready-made cyber kitsch, software aesthetics, and the performativity of digital environments in real space.” It’s running now through March 22, so if you’re in town, certainly check it out!