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The CCA Presents Final Installation of Gordon Matta-Clark: Out of the Box

The CCA’s 2019–2020 Out of the Box exhibition series, dedicated to the works of architect-trained conceptual artist Gordon Matta-Clark, continues with a new exhibition opening this week.

Gordon Matta-Clark in South America, 1972. Gelatin silver print, 18 x 12.7 cm. PHCON2002:0016:011:098, CCA Collection, gift of the Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark.

Matta-Clark’s writings, photographs, films, correspondence, and select artworks were produced between 1969 and 1978, and donated to the CCA by the Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark in 2011.

Line of Flight, the third and final exhibition in this series, curated by Kitty Scott, presents both a geographical and thematic reading of the hundreds of travel photographs taken by Gordon Matta-Clark during his sojourns across Central and South America, Haiti, and Jamaica, as well as Europe and North America.

These little-known photographs provide detailed documentation of specific sites captured through Matta-Clark’s touristic gaze, and reveal a set of recurring themes and subjects—ranging from collective spaces to volcanic eruptions—that contribute to a broader understanding of the artist’s ongoing investigation into social, cultural, and environmental context.

“Matta-Clark was not quite a tourist, nor an ethnographer, but we can perhaps call him a passionate observer of all that he saw,” says Scott.

The opening night of Line of Flight is on February 6 at 6:30pm, beginning with a curator’s talk that will also be livestreamed on the CCA’s YouTube channel.

Structured as a study in three acts, the series of three exhibitions has invited three guest curators from different curatorial backgrounds ranging from contemporary art, film and archival research, to social practice studies, to explore Gordon Matta-Clark’s critical practice within the architectural scene of the time.

The 2019-2020 Out of the Box exhibition series will culminate on 14 May with a public roundtable at the CCA in Montreal, featuring the curators behind the series as well as other experts on Matta-Clark—including Yann Chateigné, Kitty Scott, Philip Ursprung, Gwen Owens, Frances Richard, Mark Wigley, and others—as well as with a new publication to share these elements of the CCA’s Collection with a wider audience.