he Los Angeles Forum for Architectural and Urban Design is pleased to present the first West Coast screening of newly restored films and videos of Gordon Matta-Clark. The films document Matta-Clark’s well-known building cuttings, explore urban phenomena, and capture aspects of an emergent art scene in ’70s SoHo.
This series is co-sponsored by the Museum of Contemporary Art, UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design, UCLA Department of Art, and The Southern California Institute of Architecture.
Series Organizers: Barbara Bestor, Joe Day, Julie Silliman
Poster Design: Jody Zellen
Photographs courtesy of Jane Crawford
Films + Videos
from 1971-77 restored by Jane Crawford and Bob Fiore
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9, 7-10 PM, UCLA
DICKSON AUDITORIUM (free, parking $5)
“Bingo X Ninths”
Dan Graham, Pamela Margot Lee, Allan Sekula, Robert Somol, Sally Stein
Moderator: Sylvia Lavin
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2-7 PM, SCI-ARC
5454 BEETHOVEN (OFF JEFFERSON)
LARGE LECTURE ROOM, LARGE SEMINAR ROOM
(free, parking in lot or on street)
Complete film and video works of Matta-Clark in video format screening concurrently (see list at right)
Joe Day, Richard Lundquist, Gary Paige, Mary Ann Ray, Michele Saee
Moderator: Coy Howard
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2-4 PM, MOCA
250 SOUTH GRAND AVENUE AT CALIFORNIA PLAZA
(free with museum admission, parking available inCalifornia Plaza parking garage-$4.40 flat rate,enter on lower Grand Ave.)
FILM DESCRIPTIONS, LENGTHS, ORIGINAL FORMATS
(NOTE: FILMS WILL BE SCREENED IN 16 MM FORMAT AT UCLA AND
MOCA, AND IN VIDEO AT SCI-ARC)
“Chinatown Voyeur” (1971, 60 minutes, 1/2″ B&W video with sound)
A tour of the skyline of New York’s Chinatown with shots of domestic interiors taken through windows.
“Tree Dance” (1971, 9 minutes, 16 mm B&W film, silent)
A Matta-Clark performance during an exhibition at Vassar College of Art Gallery inspired by spring fertility rituals. Takes place atop a large tree within a structure of ladders, ropes and material.
“Fire Child” (1971, 9 minutes, Super 8 color, silent)
Records Matta-Clark making a sculpture, for the “BROOKLYN BRIDGE EVENT” organized by Alanna Heiss, of rubbish, paper and tin cans collected from the vicinity and compressed in wire mess to form a wall.
“Fresh Kill” (1972, 12 minutes, 16 mm color with sound)
Made as part of “98.5”, a compilation of films by Ed Baynard, Susan Hall, George Schneemar and Charles Simons, produced by Holly Solomon and shown in Documenta 5 (Kassel 1972). It records the destruction of Matta-Clark’s truck called Herman Meydag – by a bull-dozer in a rubbish dump.
“Open House” (1972, 41 minutes, Super 8 color, silent)
A Matta-Clark installation in an industrial waste container between 98 and 112 Greene Street made of discarded doors and timber and divided into three corridors leading into various rooms with numerous alternative openings with a performance by artists Tina Girouard, Suzy Harris, Barbara Dilley, Vito Acconci and other friends.
“Automation House” (1972, 32 minutes, 1/2″ B&W video and 16 mm B&W film with sound)
An exercise in spatial perception using mirror reflections of people and their movements.
“Clockshower” (1976, 13 minutes, 16mm color film, no sound)
For one of Matta-Clark’s most daring performances, he climbed to the top of New York’s Clocktower and washed, shaved, and brushed his teeth in front of the clock.
“Sauna View” (1973, 61 minutes, 1/2″ B&W video with sound)
Just after moving into his new home on 4th Street in Manhattan, Matta-Clark made this video of his friends having a sauna. Later he cut a section of the sauna to reveal the structure of the wall.
“Bingo X Ninths” (1974,9 minutes, Super 8 color, silent)
Record of a cut made in a typical small townhouse in Niagara Falls, New York. Matta-Clark divide the exterior facade into nine parts. An hour after he finished the house was demolished. Segments of the facade were taken to Art Park and dumped.
“Splitting” (1974, 10 minutes, Super 8 B&W and color film, silent)
Documentation of the cut made by Matta-Clark in a house on Humphrey Street, Englewood, New Jersey.
“Days End” (1975, 21 minutes, Super 8 color, silent)
Matta-Clark worked on an abandoned pier in New York for two months, and cut various sections of the door, floor, and roof.
“Conical Intersect” (1975, 18 minutes, 16mm, color film)
For the Paris Biennial, Matta-Clark made a cut in two houses adjacent to the Centre Georges Pompidou in Les Hailes. The cut, shaped like a twisted cone, was inspired by Anthony McCall’s film “Line Describing a Cone.”
“Substrait [Underground Dailies]” (1976, 30 minutes, B&W and color with sound)
In this film, Matta-Clark explored and documented the underground of New York City. The artist chose various places (New York Central railroad tracks, Grand Central Station, 13th Street Croton Aqueduct in Highgate) to show the variety and complexity of the underground spaces and tunnels in the metropolitan area.
“City Slivers” (1976, 15 minutes, 16 mm color, silent)
Urban shots of New York projected vertically, either as individual stills or together with others separated by black spaces. This film was to be projected on the exterior facade of a building or inside and was shown for the first time in the open-air exhibition “ARCADES” and later in the Holly Solomon Gallery.
“Sous-Sols de Paris” (1977, 18 minutes, Super 8 and B&W film with sound)
Matta-Clark’s exploration of underground Paris. He shows the complexity of the underground spaces with scenes of architectural ruins, car parks, tunnels, ossuaries, cellars, crypts and basements in the Opera district.
“Office Baroque” (1977, 44 minutes, 16mm color film with sound)
Matta-Clark made a cut in a five-story commercial building situated in front of the Steen, a much-frequented tourist spot in Antwerp.
Following the Gordon Matta-Clark film series, the LA Forum for Architecture and Urban Design will hold its Fall Lecture Series, Fake Estates: Where Art and Architecture Meet, exploring the conceptual, formal and metaphorical uses of architecture by contemporary LA-based artists
Schedule and location will be released soon
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