Coffee Date with Emily Newman


All Ages
Saturday, June 4, 2022
Free admission, for Members Only
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Mattress Factory Museum Lobby and Garden

Event Summary

In-Person, All Member Levels

Join the Mattress Factory and Pop-Aganda exhibiting artist Emily Newman for the first Member Coffee Date of the summer! Meet with us over complimentary coffee and pastries on a Saturday morning to take a tour of Newman’s installation, Ice Cream Station Zebra and Other Works, and to learn about her practice and experience participating in the Mattress Factory’s latest exhibition, Pop-Aganda: Revolution and Iconography.

Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test taken within 48 hours will be required upon entry to this program.

To RSVP, click here or email

Parking will be available in the lot at 505 Jacksonia St, Pittsburgh, PA 15212.

About Emily Newman
Emily Newman, born in Singapore and raised in the UK, is currently based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received her MFA from CalArts and has shown internationally—including at the Taylor De Cordoba gallery in Los Angeles, the Anna Akhmatova Museum and at Manifesta 10 in St Petersburg, and the Klaus Von Nitchtssagend Gallery in New York. Her work has been critically reviewed in publications such as Art Review, The Los Angeles Times and Artforum Intl.  She received a Fulbright to go to Russia in 2005 and spent the next decade in and around St Petersburg teaching at The Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and at St Petersburg University, where she formed a fledgeling program in Contemporary Art at Smolny College and TOKAMAK, a structured residency for artists on the Finnish island of Suomenlinna that lasted eight years. Today she teaches art full time at Catalyst Academy, an elementary school in the Larimer neighborhood of Pittsburgh, where she continues to look for ways to empower children to make sense of their lived contexts through visual expression. Her works on show at the Mattress Factory draw from the years she spent in Russia and explore methods of attaining self-knowledge through model-building and historical-reconstructions-gone-wrong with children and their families.

Learn more about Newman’s work at