Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect at Bronx Museum



Installation View, Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect, 2017. Photo credit Stefan Hagan via Bronx Museum

Over 100 artworks, including rarely seen materials, are on view at The Bronx Museum of the Arts in the exhibit, Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect.

The video above, which begins with actual footage of the artist in his own words ~ moving on to a retrospective by his widow, Jane Crawford of his time in Soho in the 1970s, brings to life the energy and enthusiasm behind the artist ~ a segway into an exhibit of the work of Gordon Matta-Clark at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, that digs deep into the artist’s archives.

The exhibit, Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect documents the artist’s work in images and film.  A product of the 1960s, Matta-Clark had a particular interest in spaces that others thought had no value ~ transforming the abandoned into thoughtful installations ~ a recycling of space by an artist trained as an architect.  On view are examples of his ‘monumental cuts, holes, apertures, and excisions’ to abandoned buildings.  The exhibit explores his creative thought-process at a time of great political unrest during the Viet Nam war, his concern for the homeless, and a deep interest in community engagement ~ all key to his creative interpretations.

Gordon (1943-1978) and his twin brother were born in New York City to two artists.  He studied architecture at Cornell University, where he graduated in 1968.  In early 1969, he as invited to participate in the show “Earth Art“, which would dictate the direction his life in art would take.

Save the date for Food: Lechon Asado on Saturday, March 24th from 1:00-6:00pm, for an all-day traditional pig roast to commemorate the closing of Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect, featuring chef Angel Jimenez, founder of Lechonera La Piranha ~ RSVP for this Event.

Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect  is organized by Antonio Sergio Bessa, Bronx Museum Director of Curatorial and Education Programs, and Jessamyn Fiore, Independent curator and co-director of the Matta-Clark Estate.  The exhibit will be on view to April 8, 2018 at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY.