Films by Gordon Matta-Clark

Posted by | Conversations at the Edge | Posted on | March 13, 2008

Thursday, March 13, 8pm | Jane Crawford in person!

Gordon Matta-Clark, Eric Convents, and Roger Steylaerts, Office Baroque (1977).
Gordon Matta-Clark, Eric Convents, and Roger Steylaerts, Office Baroque (1977).

Renowned “anarchitect” Gordon Matta-Clark (1943–1978) sliced through the walls, floors, and facades of abandoned buildings, staged socially engaged street performances, and documented much of it in radical photographic collages, films, and videos. Matta-Clark’s films, writes curator Steven Jenkins, are “fascinating cinematic explorations… characterized by the same creative provocation, rough aesthetic beauty and intellectual insight that informed [his] famous cuttings.” Documentary filmmaker and Matta-Clark’s widow Jane Crawford will present a selection of the artist’s films, including Clockshower (1973) in which Matta-Clark channels Harold Lloyd on top of Manhattan’s Clock Tower Building; the experimental cityscape City Slivers (1976); and Office Baroque (1977), an illuminating documentary of Matta-Clark at work on one of his last major cuts. Presented in conjunction with the Betty Rymer Gallery’s series, “Meta Matta-Clark.” 1973–77, Gordon Matta-Clark, Belgium/USA, ca. 90 min, 16mm.

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