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Gordon Matta-Clark "Hair" 1972 photograph by Carol Goodden
(from the MCA Chicago website)
The MCA presents the first full-scale retrospective in twenty years of the work of Gordon Matta-Clark, organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and curated by Whitney curator Elisabeth Sussman. During the brief but highly productive decade that he worked as an artist -- and even more so since his early death -- Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-1978) has exerted a powerful influence on artists and architects and has emerged as a key figure of the generation that came after Minimalism.
This retrospective celebrates the brilliance and radical nature of his work in a number of different media: sculptural objects (most notably from building cuts), drawings, films, photographs, notebooks, and documentary material. Matta-Clark's work has particular relevance for Chicago because he created his last major work at the MCA in 1978. Circus or The Caribbean Orange took place on the site of the former MCA, consisting of massive cuts into a townhouse before its annexation and renovation.