Mark Wigley, Professor of Architecture and Dean Emeritus of Columbia GSAPP, will present the lecture “Anarchitecture 101.5 - Cutting Matta-Clark”.
Gordon Matta-Clark haunts contemporary discourse, inspiring generations of artists and architects--now more than ever. His surgical interventions into buildings relentlessly disturb assumptions about space and social life. Yet the mythology of architect-turned-artist Matta-Clark veils the full radicality of the work. The mystique of anarchitecture gets in its own way. The so-called “Anarchitecture” exhibition with a group of his closest colleagues in early 1973 looms ever larger in the discourse, yet there is no evidence that it ever happened and everyone involved disagrees on what was in it, how it was shown and why. The phantom of anarchitecture needs to be undone to get deeper into Matta-Clark’s building cuts and return the amazing word “anarchitecture” to the wild.
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