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Thomas Crow has discussed Gordon Matta-Clark’s South American lineage, travels, and interests—particularly in relation to the concept of “anthropophagy,” or cultural cannibalism, a means to “devour” a colonizing culture. Carlos Basualdo, curator of contemporary art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and curator of Tropicália: A Revolution in Brazilian Culture, will take up an exemplar of this concept—Hélio Oiticica—and discuss the Brazilian artist’s parallel investigations into social dimensions for art and its publics.
As an essential member of Gordon Matta-Clark’s community and a key figure in the New York art world, Richard Nonas discusses artistic life in 1970s SoHo as well as Matta-Clark’s legacy today. His sculptural practice proves a unique lens through which to view the innovative gestures of artists in his circle.
Art historian and curator RoseLee Goldberg, former Whitney curator-at-large Joan Simon, and architect and theorist Lebbeus Woods contribute to a roundtable discussion of Gordon Matta-Clark’s physical and social practice. Matta-Clark called this practice “the confrontational nature of the work. . . every bit as brutal physically as it is socially—as strenuous an action as any dance or team sport.” Moderated by exhibition curator Elisabeth Sussman.