Frances Richard, "SPACISM: Gordon Matta-Clark and the Politics of Shared Space"
Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-1978) helped to invent postminimal installation art, and is often remembered as a shirt-off, hands-on materialist, more comfortable with power tools than theoretical propositions. But, in fact, he was a highly conceptual thinker about the ways in which urban space is constructed--linguistically, socially, politically, and libidinally. Building on the recently book Gordon Matta-Clark: Physical Poetics (University of California Press, 2019), Frances Richard will discuss Matta-Clark's ideas about city environments as social constructions, including what he called SPACISM, anarchitecture, the thin edge, and the space between.
Frances Richard is the author of Gordon Matta-Clark: Physical Poetics (University of California Press, 2019), and co-author, with Jeffrey Kastner and Sina Najafi, of Odd Lots: Revisiting Gordon Matta-Clark’s “Fake Estates” (Cabinet Books, 2005); she is the editor of I Stand in My Place With My Own Day Here: Site-Specific Art at The New School (The New School/Duke University Press, 2019), and Joan Jonas is on our mind, a volume of essays on the artist (Wattis Institute, 2017). Her books of poems include Anarch. (Futurepoem, 2012), The Phonemes (Les Figues Press, 2012) and See Through (Four Way Books, 2003). She is associate editor at Places journal, and teaches at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.