Aug 21, 1996

Dia Center for the Arts will show three films and two videotapes by the late artist Gordon Matta-Clark on the evening of September 18, 1996, at Dia's main exhibition facility, 548 West 22nd Street, New York City. The screening of the videotapes will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Video Salon; the films at dusk. The event is free and open to the public.

The works will be shown against the dramatic backdrop of New York City as seen from Dia's roof. Screened on Dia's roof, images from the films will be reflected in the panes of Dan Graham's Rooftop Urban Park Project. All these works were created in Manhattan between 1971 and 1976 during the artist's most prolific and vital period.

Chinatown Voyeur, 1971, 60 min., sound.
This video is a tour of the skyline of Chinatown in New York with shots of domestic interiors taken through windows.

Substrait (Underground Dailies), 1976, 30 min., sound.
In this film, Gordon Matta-Clark explored and documented the underground of New York City. The artist chose various places (including Grand Central Station, 13th Street and the Croton Aqueduct in Highgate) to show the variety and complexity of the underground spaces and tunnels in the metropolitan area.

Day's End, 1975, Super 8 color film, 23:20 min., silent.
In May 1975 Gordon Matta-Clark worked for two months on an abandoned pier near Dia's Chelsea facility in New York City. The artist cut various sections of the door, floor, and roof.

Clockshower, 1973, 16 mm. color film, 13:50 min., silent.
In this film, Gordon Matta-Clark did one of his most daring performances. He climbed to the top of the Clocktower in New York City and washed, shaved, and brushed his teeth in front of the clock.

City Slivers, 1976, 16 mm. color film, 15 min., silent.
Planned to be projected on the exterior of a building, this film was shown for the first time in the open air exhibition "Arcades." Urban shots of New York are projected vertically, either as individual stills or together with others separated by black spaces.

Gordon Matta-Clark was born in New York City in March 1943 and died in 1978. Trained as an architect, Matta-Clark extended his deconstructivist investigations of architecture and space through performance, drawing, sculpture, photography, video, and film. His work has been shown both nationally and internationally. In 1985, a major retrospective of his work was organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

Dia Center for the Arts is a tax-exempt charitable organization. Established in 1974, the organization has become one of the largest in the United States dedicated to contemporary art and contemporary culture. In fulfilling this commitment, Dia sustains diverse programming in poetry, arts education, and critical discourse and debate via lectures and symposia.

In addition, it maintains on a long-term basis works of art not easily accommodated by conventional museums. Dia serves as a conduit for realizing these projects, as intimated by the Greek word from which it takes its name. Dia's long-term projects include Joseph Beuys’s 7000 Oaks; Walter De Maria’s The Broken Kilometer, The Lightning Field, and The New York Earth Room; La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela's Dream House and The Dan Flavin Art Institute; Cy Twombly Gallery; and The Andy Warhol Museum.

Current programs are supported in part by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts; and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany through the German Consulate General of New York; Axe-Houghton Foundation; The Bohen Foundation; The Brown Foundation; The Cowles Charitable Trust; The Getty Grant Program; The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts; Lannan Foundation; Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc.; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Arthur Ross Foundation; Lila Acheson Wallace Theater Fund at Community Funds, Inc.; The Chase Manhattan Bank; Philip Morris Companies Inc.; Tag Heuer; Time Warner Inc.; and the individual members of the Dia Art Council.

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Press Department, Dia Art Foundation, press@diaart.org or 212 293 5518

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