MONO X: Five Films of Gordon Matta-Clark

  • @ ZieherSmith Gallery 516 West 20th Street New York, NY, 10011 United States

@ ZIEHERSMITH GALLERY


Five Films of Gordon Matta-Clark
Co-Presented by Samuel Adams of Tenant416 and MONO NO AWARE. Courtesy of the GMC estate. Co-director of the Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark, Jessamyn Fiore, will generously, introduce the program as well as each film individually, followed by a Q&A.

Tenant416 is honored to present five films of Gordon Matta-Clark, widely considered one of the most influential artists working in the 1970s. His practice introduced new and radical modes of physically exploring and subverting urban architecture, and some of his most well known projects involved laboriously cutting holes into floors and walls of abandoned buildings. Often overlooked in otherwise illuminating texts and exhibitions that focus on Matta-Clark, his films add immeasurably to our understanding and appreciation of the inimitable artist's ability to shift the spatial, temporal, and philosophical ground beneath us. The five films presented have been carefully selected to reveal not only the breadth of his architectural interventions and performances, but also the artist's interest and gravity towards avant-garde filmmaking.

Program: FIRE CHILD, 1971, Super 8 (transferred to 16mm), color, silent 9:47 FRESHKILL, 1972, 16mm, color, sound, 12:48 CLOCKSHOWER, 1974, 16mm, color, sound, 13:50 CITY SLIVERS, 1976, 16mm, color, silent, 15:00 CONICAL INTERSECT, 1975, 16mm, color, silent, 18:40

My understanding of art in a social context is as an essentially generous human act, an individually positive attempt to encounter the real world through expressive interpretation. The value of art as it services and sometimes flourishes in our system is so closely related to occidental beliefs in individual rights of free expression that one can accurately speak of the state of art as a measure of the state of freedom in our society.” - GMC

Tenant416 is a curated selection of free weekly projected film screenings hosted in an artist's studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Taking after numerous friends and colleagues who have presented rigorously programmed DIY galleries and apartment exhibitions, Tenant416's impetus is an initiative to share compelling cinema while providing a platform for relative social engagement. It is a committed endeavor, ongoing since January 2014. Tenant416.com

"Upon hosting its first film screening with actual celluloid and filmmaker in house, Tenant 416 first crossed paths with Mono No Aware in December 2014, calling in Steve Cossman for his technical expertise. The experience spawned Tenant416's voracious appetite for collecting and screening 16mm and 8mm film on a regular, ongoing basis. Mono No Aware is a perpetual inspiration to Tenant416 as it shares precisely the same intention: to promote connectivity and community engagement through cinematic experience." - Samuel Adams