In a city like Pittsburgh that is steeped with tradition, oral histories become a unique view into the past. Stories told over generations are met with curiosity about places and people forever changed by time. One such storyteller is artist Thaddeus Mosley.
Beginning on April 4, 2009, the Mattress Factory
will present Thaddeus Mosley: Sculpture (Studio / Home), a solo exhibition highlighting both the professional and private life of sculptor Thaddeus Mosley. For the exhibition, Mosleys complete artist studio and portions of his North Side home will be documented, transported and reconstructed within the Mattress Factorys galleries. The exhibition will be on view through July 19, 2009.
Thaddeus Mosley is a native of New Castle, Pennsylvania, and has spent his adult life in Pittsburgh. After an enlistment in the Navy, he attended the University of Pittsburgh where he graduated with majors in English and Journalism. To support his family, he took a job with the postal service, a position he retained until his retirement in 1992. During the 1950s, Thad also worked as a journalist for the Pittsburgh Courier and various national magazines. This is the period during which his interest in carving and sculpture began.
Thads sculpture obviously speaks for itself, but what really interested me during a site visit to his home were his personal collections and the stories he told about his life here in Pittsburgh, says Michael Olijnyk, Co-Director of the Mattress Factory. With this exhibition, were showcasing his sculpture, of course, but also Pittsburghs rich history told through Thads incredible voice.