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Celluloid Structures: The Films of Gordon Matta-Clark (screening and discussion)

Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2006
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required.

Artist Gordon Matta-Clark (1943–1978) is best known for his deconstructions of abandoned buildings and his physical interventions into the urban landscape. However, the only record of these activities is sculptural fragments, photographs, and films. The films, both by and about Matta-Clark, provide a revealing glimpse into the artist's process, demonstrating his deep engagement with time-based work.

Experience Matta-Clark's films both in a traditional auditorium and in a setting uniquely attuned to his artistic practice—outdoors on the travertine Tram Arrival Plaza. The program will include the world premiere of The Wall (1976) and Marc Petitjean's newly edited video Conical Intersect (1977/2006), which features a rare interview with Matta-Clark.

Indoor Program
Bingo (Gordon Matta-Clark, 1974)
Conical Intersect (Marc Petitjean, 1977/2006)
The Wall (Gordon Matta-Clark, 1976)
Fresh Air (Juan Downey, 1974)

Following the first four films, Thomas Crow, director of the Getty Research Institute, leads a discussion with Matta-Clark's widow, filmmaker Jane Crawford, and with cinematographer Bob Fiore.

Outdoor Program
City Slivers (Gordon Matta-Clark, 1976)
Conical Intersect (Gordon Matta-Clark, 1975)

This program is held in conjunction with the exhibition Transmission: The Art of Matta and Gordon Matta-Clark, organized by the San Diego Museum of Art (on view until November 12, 2006). For more information, visit

Conical Intersect / Matta-Clark

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