January 13, 2008
by Canadian Architect
From January 23 through March 29, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) presents a series of events, projects, talks, and screenings that examine the legacy of pioneering conceptual artist and “anarchitecture” proponent Gordon Matta-Clark, the subject of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s upcoming exhibition, Gordon Matta-Clark: You Are the Measure (February 2 – May 4, 2008).
Trained as an architect, Matta-Clark was an important touchstone for contemporary artists working in the areas where art, architecture, and social space intersect. His short life (he died in 1978, at age 35) belies his ongoing influence. In many ways, his forward thinking practices are only now coming into full realization, stretching from installation, performance, filmmaking, and photography, to architecture, urban planning, and sustainability. With Meta-Matta-Clark, SAIC is commissioning a series of special projects that evoke the catalytic spirit of Gordon Matta-Clark, serve as reinvestigations of his artistic legacy, and provide contemporary responses to the MCA’s upcoming retrospective.
For more information, please visit www.saic.edu.