Contemporary Artist James Turrell to Speak at Carnegie Mellon University

James Turrell, called "one of the most significant contemporary artists on the international scene" by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, will appear at Carnegie Mellon on March 12, 2003. Turrell will speak on "Plato's Cave and the Light Within" and his creative process, at 7:30 p.m. at Carnegie Mellon's McConomy Auditorium in the University Center. The talk is free and open to the public, and is co-presented by the Mattress Factory, The Center for the Arts in Society and Carnegie Mellon's School
of Art.

Turrell's lecture will be followed by a reception. Reservations are not required for the event; however, please arrive early due to limited seating. For more information, please contact Andi Georgiana, assistant to the director of Carnegie Mellon's Center for the Arts in Society, at 412-268-5279 or For parking information and directions, please visit:

A major exhibition of Turrell's work, James Turrell: Into the Light, is currently on display at the Mattress Factory and will remain on view through April 30. The Mattress Factory exhibition includes a rare opportunity to view the largest variety of Turrell's work since his 1976 show at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. "Into the Light" features eight new installations created by Turrell, and explores his investigation of light, space and perception. The works range from smaller projections of light, to rooms filled with light, to small-scale displays of Turrell's most ambitious endeavor, the Roden Crater project.

The 300,000 year-old crater is located in Arizona, and Turrell's goal is to turn it into a natural observatory, as well as a place for viewers to question their own perceptions about light and space. This transformation has turned into a lifelong project for Turrell, who has excavated almost 1.2 million yards of earth in the 20 years he's spent working on it.

The Center for the Arts in Society is a multidisciplinary research and education center that brings together scholars from the humanities, social sciences and arts who are interested in studies of culture and society, and the history and production of the arts. It is a collaboration between the College of Fine Arts and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Mattress Factory is a research and development lab for artists that commissions new site-specific works in a wholly supportive environment for artists. Located on Pittsburgh's North Side since 1977, the Mattress Factory is hailed as the best facility for installation art in the United States. Children are always free, and Thursdays are free to adults. For more information about the Mattress Factory and the museum's 25th Anniversary exhibition James Turrell: Into the Light please contact the museum at 412-231-3169 or visit



Friday, March 14th
Boyracer (James Turrell's daughter, Jen, plays bass guitar and sings in this band)
Pain Dogs

Gooski's, Polish Hill
$4 cover, 10:30 PM

For additional information please contact the Mattress Factory at 412-231-3169.