Program: Thursday, January 3, 2019, 6pm -

Bar Laika presents: Gordon Matta-Clark, Food

Thursday, January 3, 2019, 6pm          Bar Laika by e-flux, 224 Greene Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA

Bar Laika presents: Gordon Matta-Clark, Food

Gordon Matta-Clark, Food (still), 1972, 43 minutes. Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York.

Bar Laika is proud to present Gordon Matta-Clark's film Food (1972, 43 minutes).

The film documents the eponymous legendary SoHo restaurant which opened in 1971. Owned and operated by Caroline Goodden, Food was designed and built largely by Matta-Clark, who also organized art events and performances there. As a social space, meeting ground, and ongoing art project for the emergent downtown artists' community, Food was a landmark that still resonates in the history and mythology of SoHo in the 1970s.

A central figure of the downtown New York art scene in the 1970s, Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-1978) pioneered a radical approach to art making that directly engaged the urban environment and the communities within it. Through his many projects—including large-scale architectural interventions in which he physically cut through buildings slated for demolition—Matta-Clark developed a singular and prodigious oeuvre that critically examined the structures of the built environment. With actions and experimentations across a wide range of media, his work transcended the genres of performance, conceptual, process, and land art, making him one of the most innovative and influential artists of his generation. 

For more information, contact laika@e-flux.com.

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