ART + COCKTAILS + CONVERSATION

Gallery receptions and openings tend to follow a pretty basic formula. One part art. One part bad wine. One part half eaten box of crackers with some type of warm cheese on a plate. While the art can be incredible, the food & drink offerings can be less so. And while I know its really all about the art, I am also a sucker for a good cocktail.

So with that said, lets shake things up. Join Urbanist, Acacia and the Mattress Factory for an evening of art, conversation and cocktails with two artists from the museum’s Artists in Residence exhibit for the Pittsburgh Biennial; Danny Bracken & John Peña. On Thursday, October 2nd, Mattress Factory will be keeping its doors open late til 9pm with the event kicking off at 6pm(talks beginning at 6:45). As you walk in, grab a cocktail from our talented friends at Acacia, listen to artist talks, and and stroll through the galleries at 500 Sampsonia Way.

John Pena: Word Balloons

John Pena: Word Balloons

Dan Bracken: Is Always; What Does It Mean; Again and Again

Dan Bracken: Is Always; What Does It Mean; Again and Again

If you haven’t attended any of the events for the Pittsburgh Biennial, a year long exhibition highlighting incredible artists that call Western Pennsylvania home, you are missing out, but we can change that.  Admission is ONLY $10, a discount for you my Urbanist reader friend and includes TWO cocktails from Acaica! For those not strong in math, this is a killer deal (admission to MF = $15, Two Cocktails at Acacia = $20; together $35). Tickets are only available at the door of the event; make sure you show this post to get your $10 ticket. See you there!

About the artists:

    • x  Danny Bracken is a multi-disciplinary artist whose practice explores experiential interactions between video, sound, and physical space, ranging from immersive, multi-sensory installations to small-scale sculptures. Music often plays a central role in his visual works, creating an entry point to engage with the physical and conceptual components of a piece.

 

    • x  John Peña is a multi-disciplinary artist who engages with the natural world to reveal the subtle relationships between humans and nature. Through his art, Peña tries to communicate with the environment around him, often documenting a memorable moment or encounter. Those experiences are then pieced together to create a larger story that evokes appreciation for the ordinary moments in daily life.