Rose Art Museum, Waltham

Campus of Brandeis University | 415 South St.
MA-02454 Waltham

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Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect
September 21, 2019–January 5, 2020

Best known for his monumental cuts, holes, apertures, and excisions to the facades of derelict homes and historic buildings in New York, New Jersey, Chicago, and abroad, Gordon Matta-Clark’s work conveys a potent critique of architecture's role in relation to the capitalist system. Taking his 1970s series of Bronx “cuts” as a point of departure and entry into his engaged exploration of the city as a field of action, Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect examines the artist’s pioneering social, relational, and activist approach. The survey highlights the political dialogue inherent in Matta-Clark’s artistic interventions, from his concern for the extreme plight of the homeless, his interest in direct community engagement, his belief that we should expand our lived experience of a city into its underground and inaccessible spaces, and his commentary on development and socioeconomic stratification.

In addition to Matta-Clark’s photographs, prints, drawings, and sculptures, Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect includes rarely seen materials from the artist’s archive, as well as immersive film projections of his urban architectural interventions.