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A Conversation + Film Screening: The Life + Work of Gordon Matta-Clark

Thursday, November 7, 2pm
Reception 3:30pm ( followed by a 5pm film screening at Pollock Theatre Carsey Wolf Center, UCSB)
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB

A public conversation about the Matta-Clark archives and his artistic genetics and processes will take place with Jessamyn Fiore and Nicholas Olsberg, independent curator and advisor to the Matta-Clark Estate. In her presentation, curator and writer Jessamyn Fiore, will provide a rich foreground to the filmic works of Gordon Matta-Clark, understood within the context of the artistic community that surrounded his relational practices in the early 1970′s.

In her presentation, curator and writer Jessamyn Fiore, will provide a rich foreground to the filmic works of Gordon Matta-Clark, understood within the context of the artistic community that surrounded his relational practices in the early 1970’s.

Jessamyn Fiore has done extensive research on the Matta-Clark’s life and artistic practice as co-director of the Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark with her mother Jane Crawford, Matta-Clark’s widow. She has curated a number of related exhibitions, including the group show, 112 Greene Street: The Early Years (1970-1974) at the David Zwirner Gallery, NY in 2011. In 2012, Fiore edited her first book by the same title, 112 Greene Street: The Early Years (1970–1974), published by David Zwirner and Radius Books. The project features a number of works exhibited at 112 Greene Street (including works by Gordon Matta-Clark, Tina Girouard, Suzanne Harris, Jene Highstein, Richard Nonas, Larry Miller, Alan Saret, and Richard Serra), as well as extensive interviews with many of the artists involved in the space, a timeline of all the activity at 112 Greene Street in the early years, and installation views of the 2011 exhibition.

This event is presented in conjunction with the First Ojai Art Festival, featuring the reconstructed homage to Gordon Matta Clark’s 1971 Garbage Wall, a pioneering work of environmental art and activism built around the theme of art and waste. The Garbage Tower installation will be built in a single day, alongside the town’s busiest street, using trashed, obsolete and castoff objects collected by local school children.

“In 1970, to signal the first Earth Day, the young New York architect and artist Gordon Matta- Clark constructed a temporary installation called ‘Garbage Wall’, a construction of cement, wire mesh and debris collected from the streets of the city. It was at once a witty critique of a wasteful society, a challenge to its mania for building, and an object of beauty that called on the community to become more engaged with its environment. In the years since, the wall has been re-created a number of times by museums as part of exhibitions of the artist’s work. This installation has only been done 15 times around the world but never on the West Coast – until now.”

For more program information: UCSB Department of Art + College of Creative Studies Fall Arts Colloquium Series, UCSB Carsey-Wolf Center For Film Television + Media Pollock Theatre, UCSB Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, UCSB Art, Design + Architecture Museum, First Annual Ojai Arts Festival

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