Monday, December 8, 2014
Two local arts groups that have struggled with controversy while presenting art about the decades-old conflict host a talk tomorrow at The Mattress Factory.
The panelists are local artists, presenters and funders, including: Barbara Luderowski and Michael Olijnyk of The Mattress Factory, which in May cancelled an exhibition touted as a cultural exchange between Palestinian, Israeli and American artists after a reported social-media campaign led to the withdrawal of the Palestinian artists; Tavia LaFolette, who organized that show; Jon Rubin and Dawn Weleski, co-founders of Conflict Kitchen, whose Palestinian take-out menu and programming drew death threats which caused the food stand to briefly close last month; Germaine Williams, of the Pittsburgh Foundation; and San Francisco-based curator Joseph del Pesco.
The Conflict Kitchen controversy drew international attention.
The Mattress Factory is located at 500 Sampsonia Way, on the North Side.
The discussion begins at 7 p.m. The panel discussion is free, but seating is limited, so RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.