Art notes: Gaza artist Mohammed Musallam speaks at Mattress Factory
October 5, 2016 12:00 AM
Artist and Gaza resident Mohammed Musallam and his wife, Danya Musallam.
By M. Thomas/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Artist Mohammed Musallam, a Palestinian who lives in Gaza, will participate in two public programs this week at the Mattress Factory. He is among eight artists featured in the exhibition “Factory Installed,” which continues into 2017 at the North Side museum.
Mr. Musallam and his wife, Danya, will initiate the museum’s “Art And ... “ series from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Refreshments will be served and participants will have opportunity to view the artist’s installation, “The Great Illusion,” with museum educators. At 6:30 p.m. the couple will talk about their family life, their home and how border restrictions and other impositions have influenced Mr. Musallam’s art, which focuses on the preservation of humaneness amid harsh environments. They will respond to questions from the audience.
A Gaza native, Mr. Musallam earned a master’s degree in painting from Helwan University, Cairo. He is lecturer at the College of Arts, Al Aqsa University, Gaza City, and has exhibited his artwork in the Middle East, Europe and the U.S.
The new “Art And ...” programming is designed to showcase exhibiting artists in an intimate setting and offer a behind-the-scenes look at the museum. The event is free and public, but space is limited and reservations are requested at email@example.com.
Mr. and Mrs. Musallam and their five children will participate in the museum’s ARTLab from 1-4 p.m. Saturday. The hands-on, drop-in afternoons are designed for all ages and are free with museum admission.
The project will be a large collaborative “Family Photo Album” which participants will contribute to. Because many regular ARTLab attendees are immigrants, the museum anticipates a lively exchange that will show the constant of family beneath differences.
Information: www.mattress.org or 412-231-3169.
The Wilkins School Community Center 2016 Reconnect Festival will screen “Rivers and Tides,” a poetic documentary about the outdoor installations of acclaimed artist Andy Goldsworthy, at 7 p.m. Friday, followed by a discussion. The festival continues from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday with swaps of art supplies, plants and bulbs, a gardening lecture, a nature walk, the building of a bug hotel and a Goldsworthy-like sculpture. Admission is free; events are held or begin at 604 Charleston Ave., Regent Square. Information: https://wscc-pgh.org or 412 244-8458.
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